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
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
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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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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DS Caleb 11/19/05
DS Jonah 11/25/11
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.
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.
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.