How can my baby breathe while breastfeeding?
Many mothers worry that their babies can’t breathe while breastfeeding. This is very unlikely. Babies need to breathe through the nose when they feed, so they will let you know if the nose is blocked. You may hear a sudden puff of blocked breath or see your baby quickly let go of the breast. They may become upset or calmly re-latch. A blocked nose usually happens because the head is bent forward. To straighten it, you can pull the baby slightly toward the baby’s feet. Babies are at higher risk of suffocation if they are bed-sharing, weak, or have mothers who have large breasts or are using certain medication or alcohol.