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ChantelLW81 posted:
I'm a new mom and am breastfeeding my newborn. My baby tends to choke when she feeds off my right breast. Has anyone had this problem? If so, what did you do to fix it? I've been feeding her on my left breast for now because I am scared to give her my right one.
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Brubee responded:
Hello My guess is that your right breast has a forcefull letdown. Does it happen soon after getting her latched on? If so maybe try to manually (by hand or pump) get the letdown to happen before latching baby on. It may be a little messy... The more you nurse her on that side the better chance she and your breast will work out at letdown that is better. Try giving a lactation consultant a call and they can give you more advice. Good luck and keep up the good work!
 
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kell0613 responded:
I agree, it is probably just a forceful let down. Your baby will be fine to eat off both breasts. Only using one will decrease your supply in the other! My daughter would choke a little at the beginning of her feeds (and sometimes even unlatch and let the milk spray her in the face!!) when the letdown was too strong. She eventually learned how to handle it, and is just fine now. Something that can help a little is to lean back at the beginning of the feedings, so gravity works with you. The milk won't come out quite so forcefully if it has to go UP first. If you're really worried, talk to a lactation consultant at your hospital and have them watch you feed her off the side that causes her to choke to be sure. But it really just sounds like the let down is filling her little mouth too fast.


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