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What kinds are your babies taking? I have tried the Soothie and the Nuk so far with mixed results. Those are the two kinds I've used before. He seems to do okay with the Nuk but gag on the Soothie. What kinds have you guys tried and what has worked for you?

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Emma takes a MAM. It's the brand that was in a bag of freebies we got at the hospital. It was the first one we tried with her, and she takes it pretty decent. We had purchased Tommy Tippy ones which are the orthodontic style but she doesn't like them.

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Sadie can take a Soothie/gumdrop pacifier.

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We have a MAM from the hospital and some NUK ones.. he prefers the MAM one better I think but is ok with either. Smile

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So tell me about pacifiers. If you are breastfeeding I hear its good to wait, but how long? Until you introduce a bottle?

I have the soothies and the tommee tippe ones. I might have the gumdrop ones too, can't remember, need to go through my baby items again.

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We have tried Soothie, MAM, NUK, Tommy Tippee, and Dr Brown's. And nothing. Out of all of them I guess you could say he hates Soothie the least, but that just means he'll take it for 5 seconds before spitting it out instead of making a face and screaming the second it touches his tongue.

Elizabeth - The nurses gave T a Soothie in the hospital and he loved it. We BF for 14 months and never had any confusion. I've been trying to get Reid to take one since his first night in the hospital, and he is also not confused; he knows exactly what he likes (boob) and what he hates (anything but boob) Lol

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Nuk here... I hate this stage when they have bink but can't put back in if it comes out. The other day I was trying to finish cupcakes for DD and I swear I would frost a cupcake fix the bink over and over

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Elizabeth, there's a lot of mixed information about giving pacifiers for breastfeeding. A lot of sources say not to, but it hasn't hurt us at all and has helped us get/keep her asleep a lot, which is worth it to me. If you look up more recent studies on it, I believe they're finding pacifier use to not be as harmful to the breastfeeding relationship as they originally thought.

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I have Nuk, Avent and Soothie. She's not a big fan of the Avent or the Nuk, she likes the Soothie the best...even though I think it looks a little absurd because it's so HUGE around her mouth...lol. She'll spit it out right quick if it's not what she wants. Pretty much - after I feed her but when she won't take any more milk (she also spits that out when she's done) she'll take a pacifier and semi keep it in her mouth. She waves her arms around a lot (she hates being swaddled) and sometimes she knocks it out of her mouth. Then she screams. But right after a bottle, it helps her go to sleep because she's *almost* asleep during a bottle but mommy has to burp her and she wakes right back up.

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My hospital does not provide pacifiers anymore and they said its for the reason of breastfeeding...but we can bring one if we like. I like the idea of a pacifier, because it seems like my friends that have LOs that take to it are a bit less fussy. However, then you have deal with separating it from them later. So Alissa, it might be bad now, but maybe later you will have an easier time.

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Elizabeth the separation to me is about the timing, the kids demeanor and how you approach it. For us DD is very stubborn and does things when she is ready. Bottle we tried for like two weeks to get her to a soppy with no luck then one day she pointed to it and that was that bottle was gone. If it was up to me I would NEVER have a pacifier because not something my fam believes in however DH did and so we compromised on it. After about 2-3 months the pacifier only is used for sleep... My DD never used it outside of the crib and her daycare was strong on this too which I believe helped. We took it away at about 2 yrs I think maybe earlier and we dealt with one rough night to bed... We also thre them all away immediately because DH and I knew she would fuss and we would give in. I know friends that can't break it after months but the child is just controlling the situation there which is tough to break later

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nak-With DD1 I waited a month to try the paci since I was bfreastfeeding and she didnt like it-she wanted only boob. I dont know if she would have liked it if we had tried sooner or not. It was kind of a pain when she was little and wanted tp pacify on me all night but it was nice not to have to wean her off it later. I dont think I will use a pacy w/ dd2-so far she isnt using me overmuch as a paci so if I can avoid using one I would prefer to so I dont have to deal w/ weaning from it later.

I'm not sure how much nipple confusion there would/could be w/ a paci and breastfeediing but I would think there would be much less of a problem using a paci vs. introducing bottles too early-the paci doesnt have milk so its not like they will get spoiled by a fast/easy milk flow like they might w/ a bottle.

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I think one of the dangers w/ the pacifier is their latch - they suck on a paci differently and it might affect their bfing latch. Oh and also, in the beginning when you're trying to establish your milk supply, you want them to suck on YOU as much as possible so giving them a paci means less time encouraging your milk to come in.
That being said, we've always introduced a paci within the first month or so. My others took them and it was especially helpful when I was trying to sleep train them and needed them to go back to sleep when they wake up at night.
But yes, early weaning is key. Eventually they just use pacis at night or in the car. I weaned DS at around 15 months because I didn't want him taking his sister's pacis when she was born. A couple nights of crying and it was done. But I didn't wean DD until after she turned 2 and it was a PAIN. She asked for it a lot and the things I tried (cutting the nipple, replacing it with something else) didn't work so this time I'll definitely be weaning between 15-18 months.

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So I bought a couple of the Mam pacis and he likes them! I've never used these but they're so cute! I'm a little obsessive about the cuteness of pacis lol.