Why does my baby choke while breastfeeding?
Choking while breastfeeding is normal, especially in the first few months, and shows that the mother has a good milk supply. It usually happens near the beginning of a feed or at the first morning feed, when milk is flowing quickly. Some babies show signs they are about to choke. They may look panicked, wave their arms, and gulp or breathe quickly. They let go of the breast, cough, and seem a little angry, but within a minute most show hunger signs again and can be re-latched. Babies have coping strategies for choking. They may clamp down on the breast or pull back. Older babies usually release the breast and wait a few minutes for the let-down to pass before re-latching. Eventually they will no longer choke. If your baby chokes more than a few times during the feed, is not growing well, is generally unhappy, or struggles to breathe through most of the feed, see your health-care providers.