Question about Soothies and breastfeeding

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pwbattist's picture
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Question about Soothies and breastfeeding

Does/has anyone successfully breastfed and used a pacifier--particularly a Soothie? I want to use a soothie so I dont have to hold David all day but I'm worried about nipple confusion. Any advice?

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I gave them to my first two DD's when they were less than a week old. I know I gave DD2 one in the hospital on the third day, I gave one to Egan this time in the hospital on the second day. He doesn't really care for them and I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to see if he'll like a different kind of paci or not.
I havne't had any problem with nipple confusion, and actually prefer the soothie ones because I think they're less likely to cause nipple confusion...at least in my experience. Wink
Oh, and I BF'd DD1 until she was 33 months old, gave up the paci around 4 months.
BF DD2 until 13 months, gave up the paci around 4 months, but that was because she's a finger sucker.

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I have DS a soothie on the first day and he has never had nipple confusion. He doesn't really like a paci either. He will take it sometimes when he is upset and needs to suck after he has eaten, but otherwise,he never wants one. My first DS was like this too. I would say if it helps then you should do it and don't worry about confusion I just don't know if a paci will still be enough where your LO won't want to be held.

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We use soothie's when she will take it and has never had nipple confusion. She does not like paci's though. There are days I wish she did! LOL!

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This LO has been taking a soothie since he was 2 days old (not that he likes it much) and has no issue with breast feeding and nipple confusion. DD didn't get one til she was 28 days old, and LOVED it.. but also had no issues with nipple confusion.

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I swear "nipple confusion" was dreamt up to make us slaves to our boobs. Ok, so maybe not REALLY, but I have yet to hear someone say that they experience nipple confusion with their child. When you're looking at returing to work when your child is 6 weeks old, you have no choice but to get them ready to take bottles. I used avent with Abby but have soothies with Kessler. He doesn't really keep them in his mouth that long, but if I hold him as if I'm breastfeeding he'll suck on it for a while for comfort. I only use it when he really needs it to soothe. Okay, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now.

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"L.Miller" wrote:

I swear "nipple confusion" was dreamt up to make us slaves to our boobs. Ok, so maybe not REALLY, but I have yet to hear someone say that they experience nipple confusion with their child. When you're looking at returing to work when your child is 6 weeks old, you have no choice but to get them ready to take bottles. I used avent with Abby but have soothies with Kessler. He doesn't really keep them in his mouth that long, but if I hold him as if I'm breastfeeding he'll suck on it for a while for comfort. I only use it when he really needs it to soothe. Okay, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now.

Unfortunately I do know people in real life whose babies did have issues with breastfeeding and nipple "prefrence" BUT it was caused by bottle feeding not paci's. I think after a good week of well established breastfeeding introducing a paci of some sort can't hurt, BUT my word of caution is this... During the first 4-6 weeks your body is establishing it's milk supply. Everytime your baby nurses it stimulates milk production and a nice healthy supply of milk. If you get to around 6 weeks and your supply is a tad bit low, it is MUCH harder to raise the amount of milk at this point. So, in the first few weeks nurse as much as you possibly can to establish a good supply. I used pacis with my first 2 babies, and my supply was always just "barely hanging in there" with both of them. With my subsequent babies I never used a paci, and my supply has been more than adequate. Just something to think about.

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I've introduced a pacifier with both girls by 2 weeks, and neither one of them has had nipple confusion. We don't use them a lot, only when she makes it perfectly clear that she wants to suck but doesn't want any milk. Dd1 gave it up around 5 months, just decided she didn't want it anymore.

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Owen uses soothies regularly (has since birth) and we are having absolutely no problems with BF'ing. I truly believe that babies know the difference between a piece of plastic and the REAL thing.

Pretty much agreeing with L.Miller Smile

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I'll throw in a different perspective here. My DS1 had terrible nipple confusion/preference as a newborn. It actually started with DHs pinky rather than a pacifier/bottle :rolleyes:. But eventually it turned into a pacifier/bottle preference. Now we worked through it and I was able to BF him, but it certainly does happen. Once you have an established BFing relationship it's supposed to be safe to use a pacifier/bottle though. Caleb uses a chupie and so did DD and they never had an issue. I just made sure they had the hang of BFing first.