Nipple confusion ? What is your opinion? Has anyone actually had problems from this?

Michelle - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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What are people's views on not giving a baby a pacifier when breastfeeding?
I recall back when baby #3 was born and labled as BREASTFED ONLY in the hospital after giving birth, I had requested a pacifier and had to actually sign a paper from the Lactation consultant on duty stating "I" requested it , and a bunch of misc info about not giving a baby a paci due to nipple confusion . They also made me read a bunch of stuff before they would allow me to have one or use one we brought . Same with baby 4 & 5 .
I recall the consultant coming in and acting like I requested something horrible to give my child and was doomed for doing so. Other than my first when I was new to BF and had no idea what I was doing and had issues, all my kids "knew" which had the good stuff and which would have nothing coming out of it.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010

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i wouldn't think pacifiers cause nipple confusion as much as a bottle would, as pacifiers don't reward the baby with milk. The problem i see with pacifiers in the beginning is that when baby uses mom as a pacifier it helps establish a good milk supply...if baby is using something other than mom for soothing, supply in the beginning may not be as plentiful.

Celeste - posted on 07/26/2010

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Well, I can tell you from experience that nipple confusion does indeed exist. Many babies do just fine going back and forth but some don't. It's hard to tell which ones will do fine and which ones don't.



My twin boys were given a paci and a bottle when they were in the hospital (they were losing too much weight) One of my boys refused to latch because of that, but my other twin boy didn't and nursed fine.



Getting Ronin to latch was very very difficult. I worked so hard to get him to latch, it was frustrating and heartbreaking. I never thought I'd get him to latch. Finally at close to 2 months, he finally did latch and we never looked back. If I didn't have the support or knowledge, I could've easily given up.

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J - posted on 07/18/2013

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I had trouble with my first child and was unfortunately uneducated about the breastfeeding. I did not know how important it was to try and latch within the hour after birth. I lost my window of opportunity and did not have the support of my husband, so I gave up and bottled fed. My second child I took what I learned and latched her half an hour after birth. Breastfeeding was easy and a beautiful experience. I recently gave birth to my third child. He is a week old and he latched at birth but he was hypoglycemic and I had to bottle feed formula to bring his sugars up. After that he had nipple confusion. I called a lactation consultant and we slowly got him back on track. Our second night at the hospital he woke up every hour and my husband demanded he have a binky. I argued with him but under pressure I gave in and gave my son a binky. Again nipple confusion. I called the lactation consultant again and he slowly got back on track. My son will take a few to 30 minutes to latch but when he does he get plenty full. Our week home has been a constant struggle to get him to initially latch. My husband has been extremely supportive even though admitting he doesn't understand why I would want to frustrate myself and the baby.my son seem to get better and better and I thought it was safe to give him a binky. Nipple confusion took over again and I spent one hour trying to get him to latch. My husband could not sleep and told me he no longer supports me and he just wants his son to be happy and full. I have no support and trying one last time by visiting the lactation consultant. Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience I greatly enjoy and ypthis being my last child I want it be precious but so far I am not enjoying this experience and feel somewhat depressed. Nipple confusion does exist depending on the child do not let healthcare providers tell you different. I have experienced this myself giving birth three times.

Bekah - posted on 07/27/2010

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My daughter never had any problems with nipple confusion at all. I started giving her a paci and bottle very early. In the beginning when my nipples were hurting I would pump and give her a bottle bc it didn't bother me as much. She latched on very well from the very beginning. She latched on perfectly while still in the delivery room and never had any issues at all.

Mary - posted on 07/27/2010

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AAP recommends introducing a pacifier around one month of age through 6 months to reduce SIDS. The general rule of thumb for pacifiers and bottles is to make sure breastfeeding is well established. This may be earlier or later depending on your individual child.

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I think it's more likely to be the bottle than the dummy (what Australians call a pacifier!), although I do feel that in the early days neither should be used. As Jennifer said, breastfeeding often helps your milk supply. Babies need to feed lots in the beginning.

Celeste - posted on 07/26/2010

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Oh and I should add, that I think that nipple confusion was caused by given a bottle, not necessarily a paci (though I could be wrong). A suck on the bottle is different than the breast. It's easier to get milk from the bottle. So, I think that the bottle was the one that caused the problems..

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I would just make sure that breastfeeding is going well before requesting a pacifier. If your baby is having latching problems from the start then it's probably best to skip it. My daughter nursed like a champ and wanted to suck 24/7. I did give her a paci in the hospital because my nipples hurt so bad. She didn't really take it anyway..lol..so she was nursed a lot. I probably won't offer a pacifier with future babies and I will just nurse on demand.

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