The Pacifier Belongs to Mom

by Shirley
(South Africa)

Mothers should be taught that the pacifier belongs to the parent and not to the baby.

It is a tool she can use sparingly at special times when it is convenient for her.

It should not become the baby's addiction!

I never used one with any of my six children, but I have a friend who said she tied the pacifier to the bedpost when her baby was a bit older. In this way, her babies could only enjoy a pacifier at nap times or bedtime and were not able to suck it all day long.

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Do you think babies can suck on pacifiers when breastfeeding, or jus at your nipples? I didnt introduced my babygirl to the binkies, i was going to let her suck at my nipples, bt they keep getting sore and she getup in the middle of the night to suck on them.

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Sep 24, 2012
wants my breast constantly again
by: Megan Triplette

I'm currently breastfeeding and began to notice my little man was most of the time just wanting to hold my breast in his mouth which I allowed him to do, because I too was worried he'd get too attached to a plastic nipple rather than my breast. However, I finally caved and gave him a binkie which worked for a little while but now it seems he doesn't want it anymore and wants my breast constantly again lol darn it!

Sep 24, 2012
give it a try.
by: Elsabe

I've used pacifiers with all three of my kids (including Twincesses). I just made sure they got the latching right and fed well before introducing them, but to me it was a lifesaver. And they were all exclusively breastfeed without any issues.

Your nipples will thank you, I'll recommend you give it a try.

Sep 26, 2012
by: Zelda Behr

There is no reason why you can't use a pacifier.

The most important thing is to not introduce it too soon.

First make sure you and baby are settled with breastfeeding as introducing it to soon can lead to nipple confusion. +/- from 6 weeks of age is a good time.

Some do's and don'ts

* Never buy latex pacifiers, silicone is safer.

* Never put any sweet liquid on the pacifier as this can lead to bacteria growth and oral thrush.

* Clean it regularly.

* Replace it once a month.

* If baby starts drinking less, stop using the pacifier.

* Don't attach the dummy to a string, this is a chocking hazard and could strangle baby.

Mine was great for night time and naps as my little one loved to flutter suck and this saved my nipples a lot.

He self weaned off of it about a month ago so I'm quite happy I don't need to do that still. (He is now 7 months)

More on breastfeeding and pacifiers.

Breastfeeding and pacifiers

Hope this helps.
Happy breastfeeding.

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