Breastfeeding and Your Stuffy Baby: Learn the Strategies to Give Relief

We all have experienced a stuffy nose at some time. Hence we know the issue our little stars have when they develop it.

All babies will eventually get a stuffy nose or catch a cold. Now I know no one wants to see their baby with a cold or stuffy because we all know how uncomfortable it is. Every mother I am sure does not enjoy seeing their little star with a congested nose while breast or bottle feeding. Did you know that a cold is actually helping to naturally build up.

Years ago when I was having my babies I was always fearful about breastfeeding while they had a stuffy nose. I know many of you are feeling the same way. I had to take care of that stuffiness first.

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Nasal congestion while feeding is very common among babies, as you know their breathing organs are really small and to top it off they depend on you to clear it. Did you know some colds babies experienced happen because of allergies? A congested nose may seem simple, but a baby trying to suck for feeds can really be stressful for both mom and baby. I am going to give you some solutions to helping your baby to breastfeed your baby while congested.

Solutions For A Stuffy nose

1. Always remove the crusty discharge from your baby’s nose

This is important to do before you apply the saline nose drops. Check the nostrils to ensure that nothing is blocking the airway. You can use a clean cotton swab or cloth with warm water and clear it away.

2. Try some saline solutions

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  1. One of the first things I did when my babies were stuffy was to first confirm with my pediatrician what I could use. Please find out from your pediatrician what is best for your baby. My pediatrician told me about saline solution that really worked for me. All the time! Add one to two drops of saline to each nostril or as directed by your doctor. Wait for one to two minutes. You can use saline drops to loosen thick mucus before using the bulb syringe.

3.Use a bulb syringe

Be careful when you use this after meals as it can cause your baby to vomit. A bulb syringe can clear your baby’s nose effectively.

How to use a bulb syringe

  • Squeeze it first to remove the air inside the bulb syringe.
  • Gently insert the tip of the bulb syringe onto your baby’s nostrils. Make sure that the tip is slightly pointing away from the middle of the nose so that it won’t hurt your baby.
  • Gently release the bulb to create a suction. The suction will pull out the mucus from the nose.
  • Remove the bulb syringe and wash or wipe it to remove the mucus.
  • Repeat for the other nostril.
  • Try breastfeeding your baby in an upright position: This position is very comfortable and can be the key to having your baby breastfeeds successfully.
  • Breastfeed as often as possible. The sessions may be shorter but stay consistent.
  • A running humidifier or a steaming shower in a closed bathroom is also a great way to loosen mucus from your baby’s nose.
  • Some experts suggest using some of your breast milk into your baby’s nose helps to loosen it.
  • Try different breastfeeding positions until you get it right for you and baby.
  • Use pillows to aide your comfort while breastfeeding. If you are lying down , you can also support your baby’s back.
  • Australian or Koala hold position can be amazing!

This position is great while sitting on a chair or on your bed, place your baby on your lap facing you with his two legs apart (like your baby is riding a saddle). You can support your baby’s head and neck with one hand and place him on your breast. Once your baby is positioned, you can recline to support your back.

  • Give your baby gentle, affection by rubbing his head, cuddling , and keeping him close.
  • A warm bath can also do the job. If your baby is old enough to play some toys might bring some delight.
  • Get the air quality in your home clean. The filters in your air conditioning occasionally need changing. Cigarette smoking can also be a hazard and reduce the quality of the air in the home for baby. Keep baby from cigarette smoke.

4. Hypoallergic products work for some moms

For newborns and babies who are extra sensitive, it is better to use hypoallergenic products, especially those that come in contact with their skin like pillows, blankets, towels and toiletries. No stuffed toys allowed.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has highlighted the benefits breastfeeding has on a baby’s immune system, too, saying:

that breast milk has many beneficial properties which included nutritional and immunological. Did you know that it is ok to breastfeed your baby when you or your baby has a cold or stuffy nose ?It is important to continue to breastfeed so that your antibodies can be passed on to your little star.

These antibodies will help your infant conquer the cold germs quickly and effectively and possibly avoid developing the cold altogether. Babies breath through their mouths while breastfeeding and through their nose when not breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding your baby with a congested nose I know can be difficult, but I would like to encourage you to continue because you are really giving your baby some special antibodies that formula does not provide.

5.Give comfort to your little star

Now mamas I know this one is probably one of the easiest to do. Giving your little star all the love and attention he/ she needs right now can do wonders in helping them feel safe and secure. You are there with them by all means. There are two ways you can help to loosen the mucus from your baby’s chest. The first way is to allow your baby to sit on your lap and gently pat your baby’s back with cupped hands; while you lean them forward to about 30 degrees.

The second way is to lay your baby on your knees and calmly pat baby’s back with your hands cupped hand.

What Are The Causes Of A Stuffy Nose?

There are many reasons why babies get a stuffy nose occurs. There is a build up of mucus and swelling in the nasal passages.

The common causes of stuffy nose in babies are due to:

  • Air pollutants (cigarette smoke)
  • Dry air
  • Allergens (dust, pollens, animal dander)
  • Viruses (colds)

Non- Recommended Relief For A Baby’s Stuffy nose

Now mamas we know that not all stuffy nose associated with the common cold does not always warrant a doctors attention. However, if it is really bothering your baby and becoming more complicated with uncontrollable fever and cough then yes seek medical attention. It’s ok to wait it out mama.

Not every stuffy, runny nose needs treatment. If it’s not bothering your baby, you don’t have to do anything. As long as your little one is active and eats and drinks normally, it’s fine to wait and watch.

Children under the age of 4 should not be given  cough and cold medicines . If your child is between 4 and 6, talk to your doctor about medication safe to give them.

Bottom line

Breastfeeding your baby with a stuffy nose can be difficult and uncomfortable. I encourage you to try some of the strategies above. and see what works for you and your baby. I hope you found this post helpful. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. Please like / comment about this post if you want to.

Thought for today:

No matter what happens, life ain’t over. As long as God wakes you up, that means he ain’t through with you yet. When God wakes you up, he has something for you that you haven’t received. Every day you have the opportunity to make something happen.

Steve Harvey

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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