Baby pacifiers should not be used before six weeks of
breastfeeding, or before breastfeeding is fully established. This is so
that your baby does not replace your breast with the pacifier (this is called “nipple preference")
If a baby starts to drink less from the mother's breasts, the mother's Prolactin levels will decrease, and she will begin to produce less milk.
Early and frequent stimulation of the breast, will ensure that the glandular cells in a mother's breast become fully developed. Pacifier-use may sometimes hamper this from occurring.
If you notice that the pacifier-use has reduced your baby’s feeding times, you should stop the use of the pacifier.
Mothers have been found to overuse pacifiers; a pacifier should not be used to soothe a baby every time he/she needs comforting.
Never give your baby a pacifier with a string around it, it is a strangulation hazard.
Avoid using pacifiers that are made from latex; silicone pacifiers are safe.
Prolonged pacifier use, for longer than a year, can lead to a baby’s
teeth becoming misaligned, it can also cause soft palate and speech
Pacifier use may reduce feedings and therefore decrease the hormones
that cause lactational amenorrhea. This will result in the return of a mother's periods and the return of her fertility, quicker than she might like.
Breastfeeding and pacifiers
The use of preemie pacifiers are not recommended, premature babies need even more time at the breast than full-term babies. Giving a premature baby a pacifier, will reduce milk intake and, therefore, decrease weight gain.
Getting Rid of the Pacifier
Weaning from baby dummies
How to get rid of the pacifier?
Just throw it in
with the garbage. Some children wean quickly and do not have a
problem with this.
Pick a date, let your toddler know that he/she does not need the
pacifier anymore. Weaning from pacifier-use might take two or three days
of crankiness, especially at night, but the earlier you get your baby off of the pacifier, the easier it
If you are experiencing breastfeeding problems, it is best to stay away from pacifiers.
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