Pacifier

Marlene - posted on 04/03/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 6 week old had been going through this phase for the past week where he will only breast feed a short amount of time then get really fussy I tried pumping and bottle feeding him but same thing happens the only thing that calms him is the pacifier however I heard it is bad for their gums and not a good habit!?? Any one know what this means???

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Liezl - posted on 05/26/2013

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Huge debate surrounding pacifiers and you'll have many people adamantly for and against. Here is my bit of opinion, and I've spoken to a few specialists before choosing my side of the fence -
The biggest issue with a pacifier is that it is not helpful when you're baby is learning the correct latching technique in the first few weeks of life. The form of his lips when sucking the pacifier is small and pout, but he needs to suck on your breast with an open mouth with his lips curled back. Once he has a good latch, the pacifier is not a big issue. Of course, your child shouldn't want his pacifier all day every day; as he gets older it's important that he spends more time practicing to form sounds than sucking on a pacifier, but it really helps to soothe a baby when nothing else helps and you don't want to nurse in-between feedings.
For the first 3 weeks I used my (clean) pinky finger and that helped a lot when I really wanted to reach for a pacifier. My son is now one and still needs his pacifier to fall asleep, but doesn't use it when he's awake at all. We'll soon let go of the pacifier altogether...eeek!

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Marlene - posted on 04/10/2013

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Thank you for your advice, turns out he was going through a growth spurt !

Kimmie - posted on 04/04/2013

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Similar issue, my 6week old won't take a pacifier for any longer than a few minutes which means he likes to pacify on my breasts which will be troublesome since I'm going back to work soon...Anyways my pedi said that a pacifier is perfectly fine and helps calm your baby. Also she said this is the perfect time to use a pacifier since by now your milk supply is well established. About your baby being fussy and not eating for the average length of time I would consult your pedi. It could just be a phase but you don't want to wait too long to find out that's its not a phase. Call your pedi they should know exactly how to help.
I think if you use a pacifier none stop then there could possibly be issues when it's time for your baby to stop using one. Good luck hope this helps!

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