Baby uses breast as a pacifier

Nicole - posted on 11/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old baby girl uses my breast as a pacifier and will often cry until I give in and let her latch on. I have no problem consoling her but I'm starting to notice that she is using it to fall asleep and then spitting up after waking, sometimes it's not too much other times it's as if she didn't want food at all she spits up so much. I would like to be able to put her to sleep without having to nurse her and it would also be helpful for others to take care of her. Any advice, please!?

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Jennica - posted on 11/04/2010

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At this age, it's perfectly acceptable to introduce an actual pacifier. Lots of babies have a very strong need to such and latching on is how they satisfy that urge. However, when the baby is just using your breast to pacify himself, she is not really extracting milk. She has to really work to get your milk out. At first, she may reject the pacifier. You can try switching it in while she's using you. Just gently pull her off your breast and put the pacifier in quickly. Also, try different pacifiers as they are shaped differently and baby may have a preference for one over the other. Finally, this is one of those stages that will pass. It gets easier! Good luck!

Ania - posted on 11/04/2010

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Don't worry, i had the same situations at 4 months they go through rough changes that's why they do that it will pass. It is ok for her to do that. If you are breastfeeding it is hard for others to take care of her, it just won't work at this stage....or pump....What I think from my own experience jst wait it out and do whatever you are doing. She is too young for any kind of sleep training, although some people would just cry her out (which is also too early it is for babies 6months and older)

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Do you have a baby carrier? I put my baby in my Moby wrap and go on with my life doing whatever. As long as she is clean and fed she will fall asleep in there.

Christina - posted on 11/06/2010

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Oh and also...I understand the too full belly=spitting up at times, but do you burp her before laying her down? With my first daughter whom I breastfeed until she was 22months old I NEVER had to burp her (when she was newborn I did but stopped probably within the first month) with Lilly due to acid reflux I at least try to get the burps out every single feeding! It helps mucho with the spitting up! That and her bed is at an incline.

Christina - posted on 11/06/2010

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My daughter is also 4 months old, we exclusively breastfeed and she doesn't like the pacci so much. She has acid reflux(and was born @ 33.6 wks) so I try not to let her nurse too long. She was on meds but I recently took her off of them. She's been doing really well, just spits up a bit more. Anyways, when I KNOW she is full and using me as a pacifier I unlatch her and either try to rock her to sleep or I walking around with her and sing my heart out. It 99% of the time does the trick! I've read that really we should put our little ones down to sleep when they first become tired and not once they've completely fallen asleep so that they learn to comfort themselves but I am just not into hearing my lil darling cry....plus it makes her spit up more : / Anyways good luck!!!

Gina - posted on 11/06/2010

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i ave tryed 2 give my baby girl a dummy but she not really in 2 then think i may ave left it 2 long she is 5onths old and loves my boobies instead

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