Newborn Care: Understanding Milk Sneezing in Babies

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As a new parent, it can be worrying to see milk coming out of your baby’s nose while they are feeding.

This phenomenon is commonly known as “milk sneezing” and is a common occurrence for many newborns. In this article, we will explain what milk sneezing is, why it happens, and what you can do to help your baby.

What is Milk Sneezing?

Milk sneezing is when a newborn inhales breastmilk or formula while feeding, leading to the milk being expelled through the nostrils.

This can happen because a baby’s suck-swallow-breathe pattern is not yet fully developed, causing them to inhale the milk instead of swallowing it.

Why Does Milk Sneezing Happen?

According to pediatrician Dr. Sarah Williams, “Milk sneezing is a common occurrence in newborns due to their immature swallowing reflex. The baby’s nose and mouth are close together, and if they suck in too much milk, it can go up their nose.” This is a natural part of a baby’s development and nothing to be concerned about.

What Can You Do to Help Your Baby?

There are several things you can do to help prevent milk sneezing:

Positioning: Make sure your baby is positioned correctly while feeding. Their head should be slightly elevated, and their mouth should be level with the nipple. This will help prevent milk from flowing into their nose.

Pause feeding: If you notice your baby starting to sneeze, pause the feeding and gently wipe their nose. Then, start feeding again once they have stopped sneezing.

Try different feeding positions: Experiment with different feeding positions to see which one works best for you and your baby. Some parents find that switching sides or holding the baby in a different position can help prevent milk sneezing.

According to lactation consultant and nurse practitioner Nonye Anah, “It’s important for parents to remember that milk sneezing is a normal part of a newborn’s development and will usually resolve on its own as the baby becomes more skilled at breastfeeding.”

In conclusion, milk sneezing is a common occurrence in newborns and is nothing to be concerned about.

By following the tips mentioned above, you can help prevent it and ensure that your baby is comfortable while feeding.

As always, if you have any concerns about your baby’s health, consult with a pediatrician or lactation consultant.

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