BF and pacifiers

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BF and pacifiers

Are any of you breastfeeding mamas giving your LO a pacifier? My son never wanted one but Allyson seems to totally be a baby who wants to suck, for comfort when she's not necessarily hungry. For some reason I am scared to give her one, BFing is going very well but I am still afraid of nipple confusion. I guess at the very least I could offer her one and if she gets confused, I could take it away and we could go back to learning BFing full time. I just don't know what to do.

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I give one to Malachi for short periods. He cluster feeds in the evening. Which is fine, but if I have to pee or do something with my other kids I give him one until I can get to him. But usually once he gets his fill he is uninterested. My pedi said most kids will not have nipple confusion and not to worry...took a ton of pressure off of me Smile

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Well I tried like heck to give Rory one but he won't take it. It wasn't for lack of trying on my part though - 3 or 4 kinds later I've just accepted that he'd rather use me. His brother was the same way. But I wasn't worried about nipple confusion - we'll actually be trying out a bottle soon as I have a wake to go to Sunday and DH will likely need to feed him while I'm out

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I gave one to Nicholas his first night of his life just because he wanted to comfort suck and I needed some sleep (the nurse suggested it). I really don't believe in "nipple confusion". He nursed just fine.

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I gave one to ds1 and dd and they never had any trouble with nipple confusion. I have one for Luke but he doesn't really want it, so we haven't pushed it with him. Usually if bf is established its okay to offer a paci.

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I'm a paci pusher Smile
DS1 got one right away and it never affected BFing and Jonah has had one since day 1. Jonah isn't as attached as DS was but it still serves it's purpose. We give it to him when he's ready to fall asleep and is looking a little fussy. He can't keep it in, but it sure gets him to settle. No problems with BFing.

The only thing to be aware of is if he wants it right after eating. Sometimes it could mean they are still hungry. Therefore, I never offer it unless I know for sure he's full of mamma's milk!

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II offered mayleigh one at 3 weeks bc I was tired of her using my breasts as a paci. She likes them ok and much better than my ds. She actually put her self to sleep a couple times with it! I offered a bottle 3 days ago and give her one a day. She really likes the bottle at I have noticed a few issues on the breast since the bottle but we are sticking to it as long as I can! No confusion on paci though.

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Ryan gets a paci now and then to settle. We are having trouble with latching but I really don't think it's the paci. He was jaundiced and wouldn't nurse for a few days so he got a bottle those days. we also give him a bottle at night sometimes or if hes too sleepy to nurse properly. I think it did throw him for a loop initially in terms of latching on without the nipple shield, but he's getting way better qt that now. I honestly don't think it's a problem.

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I have feeling Evelyn is going to be a paci baby, even though I'm not crazy about the idea. She's already using the boob as a paci and I have a feeling it's going to get old for me very quickly. I guess we'll see...it's still really early

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We used a paci with DD and she was breastfed. We had no issues. I say let the baby decide. If she enjoys the paci then give it to her and if not I wouldn't force it upon her. I will offer one to Ryan and if he wants it that's great, if not then that's okay as well.

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Kim - I gave Deacon a paci in the hospital. We never dealt with nipple confusion and he had that and a bottle within the first week. He nursed like a champ and was fine with a bottle too. I am hoping this little one is the same way.

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I heard alot of hospitals use soothie new born pacifier which they say do not cause nipple confusion. (becauase of the shape etc)

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"RoniBoo" wrote:

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I heard alot of hospitals use soothie new born pacifier which they say do not cause nipple confusion. (becauase of the shape etc)

True. However, I wouldn't use it long term because of the effects on the baby's teeth. They tend to cause the teeth to come in more bucked or give the child a severe overbite. Once your nursing/bottle whatever is established I would switch your LO to an ortho type paci.

ETA: This coming from a mom who's kid took the paci for 2.5 years and wouldn't give it up. LOL My BFF is a dental assistant and hated that her daycare, of all places, got her daughter off the ortho paci and hooked onto the soothie and now she needs a lot of dental work to correct the overbite.

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"RoniBoo" wrote:

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I heard alot of hospitals use soothie new born pacifier which they say do not cause nipple confusion. (becauase of the shape etc)

We used the soothie with Nicholas the first month and then switched to NUK. He didn't really like the NUK ones until he was about 6 months old though. This time I bought the avent soothies (pink and purple, of course!) for at first and then a pack of 0-6mo NUK just in case.

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I gave all of my babies pacifiers and all of them were BF. It's the same thing with Trystan. I only give it to him at night, but like you said, it seems he likes to have something to suck on even when he's not hungry... and it helps him to sleep (it always falls out as soon as he passes out anyway). I would much prefer a pacifier to a thumb anytime lol! He doesn't seem to have any nipple confusion, and this is good, since I'm back to work already and DH and my mom are having to bottle feed him (BM of course!).