When is it okay to use a pacifier?
Baby pacifiers should not be used prior to 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 start 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.
Your baby needs your attention, love, affection and skin to skin contact too.
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.
Weaning from baby dummies
How to get rid of the pacifier?
Just throw it in with the garbage. Some children wean very easily 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 will be.
If you are experiencing breastfeeding problems, it is best to stay away from pacifiers.
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