Pacifiers and breastfeeding?

Pacifiers and breastfeeding? Why, what and how NOT to use them

Pacifiers and breastfeeding? Pacifiers are artificial nipples which are made of silicon. These are used by a lot of people to give it to their babies to suck upon.

They are made of silicon and are very soft that the babies like to suck upon without any discomfort. These are also called as a dummy, teether, binky, and soother.

The pacifiers should not be given to a newborn baby. The pacifiers can be given to a baby only after about three to four weeks after birth.

Even though pacifiers are very soothing and comfortable to a baby, it should not be given to a baby for a very long time.

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What not to do?

Pacifiers are not a substitute for breastfeeding a baby, so don’t use a pacifier when the baby is crying out of hunger.

It is not good to use pacifiers to prolong the time duration between two breastfeeding sessions.

Babies who are prone to the usage of pacifiers stop drinking breastfed milk sooner than the babies who don’t use pacifiers. This is because the babies who use pacifier might not feel the need to suck the original nipple as they are already sucking on an artificial nipple (that is the pacifier).

Continuous use of pacifiers can also cause oral yeast to form in the baby’s mouth. This then gets transferred to the mother’s breast. There are also a lot of studies that show that babies who use pacifiers are more prone to ear infections than those babies who do not use pacifiers.

Though these studies don’t have any concrete proof, most of the doctors endorse these findings.

Overuse of pacifiers may lead to many dental problems, like nonalignment of teeth which makes it hard for the baby to chew food. The treatment for alignment of the nonaligned teeth takes a lot of time and is very expensive.

When?

Pacifiers have a lot of drawbacks; however, when used for short time, they don’t seem to create any difficulty for the baby. One of the best benefits of using a pacifier is that it plays an important role in reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS.

Pacifiers are used when a child goes through a painful treatment, injections or other surgeries. Parents always think it is better for their baby to use a pacifier than let him baby suck his own thumb or blanket, both of which, may not be as clean as the pacifier. One section of parents believes that pacifiers reduce the risk of teeth damage. They are used to put the baby to sleep or to stop the baby from crying.

There are many benefits and drawbacks to a pacifier. In a nutshell, it can be summarized that the parent must make sure the pacifiers are sterilized now and then so that the baby does not encounter any germs.

They should also keep in mind that the pacifiers should be used for soothing purposes only. Mothers should never use pacifiers to delay breastfeeding or as a means to suppress the hunger of the baby. Though you have been using pacifiers for the right purposes, it is highly recommended that you stop using them completely, once your baby reaches the milestone of 2.5 to 3 years.