My baby girl likes to use the breast as a pacifier...is that ok??!
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Minnie - posted on 07/07/2011
Of course- yours are the real deal :).
Non-nutritive sucking calms your baby, regulates her breathing and heart rate, provides her with immunities, ensures proper jaw and teeth development and keeps up your milk production.
Lori - posted on 07/07/2011
pacifiers were created to imitate the breast. It's perfectly healthy and normal for a baby to use the breast as a pacifier. It will ultimately help your milk supply too. But on the other hand, don't worry about your baby eating too much. A breastfed baby can't nurse too much.
So - go for it, let your baby comfort suck as much as your baby wants. As long as you're up for it, your baby will benefit from being at the breast as much as he/she wants.
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Kelsey - posted on 07/14/2011
My little one used me as a pacifier alot in the first 3 months and no matter how many people told me not to let her, I did. While I often suffered from sore nipples, she eased up on the sucking when she became more interested in the world around her and also started taking a pacifier. My daughter is 11 months now and still prefers the breast to a pacifier and will continue to suck for comfort even when she is done feeding. It has never caused me any problems so I don't think it is a problem. Just try not to make a habit out of it; use the breast for comfort but don't be afraid to break the latch if she continues to suck too long after a feeding. It shouldn't be the only thing your baby is comforted by, but hey, the boob sure does solve everything! I think your baby will naturally stop as he/she gets older so I do not believe it is a problem to let your little one suck away!
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