When should I introduce a pacifier to my breastfed baby?
Introducing a pacifier too early could get in the way of your baby’s ability to latch on and breastfeed. This could lead to breastfeeding problems such as sore nipples, engorgement, plugged milk ducts, and mastitis. To limit those risks, the AAP advises waiting until around 3 to 4 weeks to introduce a pacifier.
Why do breastfed babies refuse pacifiers?
Using a dummy can make it harder for your baby to breastfeed comfortably and effectively (1). The shape and firmer feel of a dummy differs from your pliable breast. Some babies may prefer the stronger sucking trigger of a dummy, leading to ‘confusion’ about how to nurse at the softer breast.
Does comfort nursing stimulate milk?
Removing even small amounts of milk from soft comfortable breasts increases milk production. Babies nurse for comfort as well as for food. And those little ‘in between’ comfort feeds can really help your milk production. Expect your baby to want to breastfeed very often from time-totime.
How do I know if my baby is using my breast as a pacifier?
When you watch your baby, he will reduce the amount of swallowing and eventually stop swallowing completely. Baby may also start to clamp down on your nipple rather than suck. These are all signs he will give you based upon his suck and latch. His body and arms will also be floppy, and he may be relaxed or sleeping.
Is it bad if my baby won’t take a pacifier?
Going without a pacifier
Using a pacifier has some benefits, and it can be a huge convenience for parents, but it’s not a necessity. Your baby will be just fine if they never take a pacifier.