Milk coming out baby's nose!

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Milk coming out baby's nose!
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Fri, 09-26-2003 - 12:16pm
Sometimes when I feed my four-month old daughter I notice that the breastmilk leaks out of her nose! This usually happens when she is drifting off to sleep, when I'm laying down in the bed feeding her, or when my breast is really full with milk.

She doesn't have clept palate or anything. What is this all about?

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Fri, 09-26-2003 - 12:32pm

gallion -


Pretty disconserting to see the milk coming out of baby's nose isn't it? My youngest did this because of my monster case of oversupply. Your little one will grow out of this. In the mean time moms around the board have found some things to help. Elevating DD's head during and after nursing can help gravity do it's job. When you are side-lying you can place DD's head (and if necessary part of her upper body) on a towel or blanket folded just enough to place her mouth slighty above your nipple. Also - if your DD begins to sound congested it may be some milk has decided to hang out in her nasal cavitiy and you can remove it with a squirt of BM or saline

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Fri, 09-26-2003 - 12:47pm
Oh, thank yoy thank you! I was so worried that maybe her palate didn't completely form or something. I know it sounds crazy but she's my firstborn and I couldn't find anything on the problem in any of the books I have. I'm glad to know that it's not so out of the ordinary.

Thanks again.

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Fri, 09-26-2003 - 4:12pm

Try not to worry, it's pretty common for babies to spit up through the nose since the nose and mouth are connected. You might want to see if you have oversupply, many times that can contribute to milk coming through the nose especially when the baby is lying down.


Here's more on oversupply:


http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppbreastfeed/?msg=69071.3


As long as your baby is growing and gaining well the spitting through the nose probably isn't a problem. Mention it to the doctor so s/he can specifically look for problems (though I doubt there are any) just to reassure you.


HTH

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Warmly~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kathy


Mom to Dan, Kevin, Brian, & Greg, MIL to Sara and Megen

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Fri, 09-26-2003 - 11:05pm
A smile came to my face when I saw the title of your post! I am a lurker on this board, but I thought you would appreciate a word from me :) Jacob (now 9months) did that a few times the first few months I nursed him. It totally freaked me out at first (did I mention he's our first baby?!?). None of my books had anything in there about it. What was funny, is when it happened, Jacob didn't even flinch. He just stayed put and kept on nursing. Sometimes I wouldn't even see the milk coming out since it would be mostly on the nostril away from me! I would feel it running down me usually before I would see it. What I did was re-position him as mentioned in the other post. I would put a small folded blanketor burp cloth under his head or hold him where his nose was just the slightest bit higher than his mouth. Also, when they are so young, they are still learning how to coordinate everything to have a good swallow. Anatomically what's happening in a swallow is that the soft palate in the back (which includes the uvula aka punching bag that hangs down back there)is supposed to go back and close off the nasal cavity by reaching back and touching the back wall of the mouth. This keeps food and liquid from getting into the nose! Then it has to open back up at just the right time to allow air to get in and out to enable the person to breathe through their nose while they are drinking/eating! So when babies are little, they are still working on the timing of it all!! I would certainly tell your doctor, just so she/he knows what is going on. Now that I have dragged this out........all I needed to say was re-positioning (GRAVITY) really worked well for me.

Best of luck!

Missi

Missi

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Fri, 09-26-2003 - 11:19pm
I too had to chuckle at bit when I saw your post! Not at you, but at me. This also happened with DD in the first couple months, but she is NOT my first, she is my FOURTH. I no longer have "the books" so I had no where but the Dr to go to about it. (I didn't know about this board yet) He told me to do the same as the others have said, after he laughed of course, fold up a receiving blanket and put it under her head to elevate it just enough for gravity to help the milk go down instead of up and out her nose.

I am so glad that we are not the only ones that have had this problem!!

HTH

Marci with Chucky 8/16/00 & nursling Lynnae 2/3/03

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Marci with Chucky 8/16/00 & nursling Lynnae 2/3/03
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