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Postby BrettsBaby6907 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:59 pm

when is too early to introduce the pacifier? sometimes it seems like she isn't hungry, as she just falls asleep when she gets the nipple or bottle in her mouth. but if we do nothing she gets pissed and is inconsolable.
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Postby Tracylee » Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:17 am

It's never too early- My son was in the NICU for 2 weeks and they gave him a Pacifier the first day. We used it for the first 3/4 weeks and now only occassionally.
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Postby ashlee91806 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:49 am

i didt BF with my DS so i gave him a paci the day he was born (i only did it because i thot he would look cute with it in his mouth...shallow and stupid i know :roll: ), im not sure if i will do it this time around or not seeing how i plan to exclusivly BF my daughter..
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Postby jovic » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:14 am

ashlee91806 wrote:i didt BF with my DS so i gave him a paci the day he was born (i only did it because i thot he would look cute with it in his mouth...shallow and stupid i know :roll: ), im not sure if i will do it this time around or not seeing how i plan to exclusivly BF my daughter..

My DD won't take a pacifier, but DH keeps trying because he thinks it will look cute & it matches a lot of her outfits :lol:
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Postby Ahavati » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:25 am

If you are BFing, make sure you have a solid latch and routine. If not, it will affect your BFing routine. I gave DD one in the hospital and it messed us up for a few days. I didn't give her one again until probably 3-4 months and it was rare at that. She never actually took a pacifier until she weaned at 13m.
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Postby Bee-Jeweled » Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:03 am

you can give your LO a binky right from birth - it's not recommended if you're going to BF though as it can create nipple confusion and latch problems. my DD used a binky from the first week until about 8 weeks when she just spit it out one day and would never take it again! LOL
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Postby J_blackrose » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:21 pm

like everyone says its not recomended for bf babies. I'd say if this is your first then hold off on it. when you've had others its easier to tell whats a comfort issue and whats a I'm hungry issue. I gave Aryn one in the hospital and she's been doing good with the breast feeding despite it. She usually only wants one when she's sleepy.
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Postby Cinder4320 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:43 pm

For BF babies my LC and pediatrician recommend waiting until 3-4 weeks to introduce a bottle and until the baby has a good latch for the pacifier.

For me at my ten day appt. when they saw he was gaining well and had an okay latch I got the go ahead for a pacifier. It has helped a ton in our night routine. We haven't had any confusion or issues with the pacifier and BF'ing.

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Postby Liza24 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:07 pm

Connor took his from day 2, and loves it only when hes fussy. I also Bf'ed for his first 6 weeks, then had to go to a bottle due to gas issues.
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Postby wifeymaeg » Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:06 pm

I BF and have used a pacifier since we left the hospital... but I've had no latch issues or anything.
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Postby Prinycesa07 » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:57 pm

They gave her a pacifier in the hospital the day she was born. She didnt start to like it until a week or so later though.
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Postby Autumn2000 » Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:40 pm

BF from day one and gave DS a paci on day two. No issues at all. He only used the paci for about 4 months. He figured out that he likes his own fingers and has used them since then to soothe himself to sleep.
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Postby MotoX Mom » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:09 am

Cinder4320 wrote:For BF babies my LC and pediatrician recommend waiting until 3-4 weeks to introduce a bottle and until the baby has a good latch for the pacifier.

Both my LC and pedi recommended the same!


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Postby blue-eden » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:21 am

M took one from Day 2. Luckily it didn't interfere too much, although she did have a poor latch for a week or so after birth so we had to rely on a nipple shield which we then had to wean off of!

With Leo, I vowed NO pacis. He won't take one any. Dh tried :lol:

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If you don't care to read it all, the abstract is:

Objectives: To review the history of pacifiers and to compile a multidisciplinary literature review, searching for pros and cons with the purpose of providing health professionals with arguments when parents request guidance.
Sources: History and art books, as well as non-medical literature and museums were used in the historical survey. Multidisciplinary data were collected from MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO, and The Cochrane Library. Search criteria were: the keyword “pacifiers” present in articles published in the last 5 years that included abstract and were written in Portuguese, English, or Spanish.
Summary of the findings: There is evidence that their precursors have been used since the Neolithic Period to calm down children. Small balls made of fabric containing food were portrayed in paintings. Other balls made of non-perishable material persisted throughout time. Pacifiers have been used to stimulate sucking or to coordinate this reflex, promoting an earlier beginning of the oral feeding of newborns. Some authors suggest that pacifiers reduce the incidence of the sudden death syndrome, but the topic is controversial. Pacifiers prevent the establishment of breastfeeding and lead to weaning. Their use may cause suffocation, poisoning, or allergies and increases the risk of caries, infections, and intestinal parasitic diseases. Harmful effects are related to frequency, duration, and intensity of the habit. It should be discontinued by the age of 3 or 4 in order not to affect speech and dentition.
Conclusions: There are more harmful effects than benefits. It is advisable that health professionals inform parents of the pros and cons of pacifiers so that they can make a conscious decision regarding its use.
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