Amanda - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
My daughter is coming up for 2 weeks old. her tongue is constantly out. it rests on her lip and when she yawns, or cries or opens her mouth it lolls/stretches out further.
she 'struggles' to feed. by that i mean she will mouth and try to find a nipple, when offered the bottle (had problems breastfeeding, - maybe because of this... - so am expressing and topping up with formula) she will open her mouth for it, but won't close or suck, and then starts to choke on the drop or so that free-flows out of the bottle.
when she does feed she chokes a lot, at least 3 or 4 times each feed, whether sat up or reclined. we have a hairy few moments of back slapping waiting for her to gasp. we are using size 1 teats, she gulps and gasps and squeaks and has lots of wind.
oh another thing, when she is refusing to suck, sometimes we alter the position (hubby tends to recline her onto his bent-up knees, i tend to sit her up on my knee and support her neck - but not head - with my arm so she is free to tilt her head back) and she can then feed, i'm guesign different positions alter how clear her airway is - they always say in first aid to tilt the head to clear the airway...
please someone else say they've had this problem. every person we ask (hospital staff, community midwives, health visitor) just say it's a habit to stick tongue out and not to worry. we've mentioned it sometimes stops her feeding and it makes her choke... they're not concerned. help. please.