A 19-month-old Baby Often Makes A Groaning Sound When Feeding?

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Hello doctorrnDoc, my son is 19 months old.. when he is breastfeeding, he likes the groan sound like he has a cold.. but when he drinks milk in a bottle, there is no groaning sound.. do you think why?

1 Answer:

Hi Diane,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

A groaning sound usually occurs when air passes through mucus that has built up on the walls of the airways. This mucus production can increase due to many reasons, for example when in cold environmental temperatures, allergies, respiratory infections, or also experiencing irritation due to inhaling pollutants and other irritating substances. Often, these groans will appear accompanied by coughing or even vomiting.

The sound of groaning breaths is most likely not directly related to the way the child is fed, whether directly from the breast, or through a pacifier. In fact, breastfeeding using a pacifier is not recommended. In addition to potentially causing the baby to experience white confusion, breastfeeding using a pacifier is also at a greater risk of making the baby choke. This can trigger aspiration pneumonia, which is inflammation of the lung parenchyma, which can actually make your baby's breath sounds worse. Chances are, the sound of your baby's breathing is more audible when feeding directly on the breast because you are feeding him in an inappropriate position, such as feeding while sleeping and or positioning the baby's head lower than his stomach. So, not because of direct breastfeeding or pacifier.

If the groaning sound doesn't cause your baby to fuss, have trouble sleeping, cough, vomit, or even shortness of breath, chances are that what's happening to your baby isn't something to worry about. You can help loosen mucus in your baby's airways by frequently drying them in the morning before 9 a.m. Also avoid your baby from exposure to substances that have the potential to make him allergic or irritating. Always keep your living environment free from dust, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants. Feed your baby directly from your breast. Avoid using a pacifier, you can replace it with a straw, spoon, or glass.

If the complaint feels very disturbing, you can check your baby directly to a pediatrician to undergo further evaluation.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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