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Dummy? Does using a pacifier cause problems?

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Barbara Higham 11 Rep.
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Will using a dummy cause breastfeeding issues if it is introduced after the baby is an efficient feeder?

Barbara Higham commented on answer ago
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    Philippa Pearson-Glaze 248 Rep.
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    Some experienced breastfed babies will manage to switch between sucking a dummy and a breast without any problems at all but there are some potential breastfeeding issues to be aware of. Because sucking a dummy requires a different tongue/jaw action to breastfeeding it can affect the way some babies latch (possibly causing you pain and ultimately a drop in milk supply). Used in the early weeks and months, pacifiers can cause a baby to have fewer breastfeeds if mothers offer a dummy to quiet their baby but miss their hunger cues. This could affect weight gain and milk supply. Studies link dummies with a shorter overall duration of breastfeeding, dental caries, poor teeth alignment and increased risk of infections. Dummies, Soothers and Pacifiers from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in UK suggests when to use a dummy if you do introduce one.

    Philippa Pearson-Glaze edited answer ago
      • I read too (think in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding) that sucking on a dummy makes the baby release a hormone that causes him to feel full and sleepy so he is less likely to ‘ask’ for the milk he needs.

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