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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    So my DD is 4 weeks old. She is also BFing , She uses me to comfort her to sleep, which is fine but at night I don't get much sleep because of it- we co sleep but I tend to sleep very lightly. She also vomits a lot because she's drinking when she's full.

    I'm trying to decide if I should use a dummy only at night but, I'm scared that it will have an effect on her being able to feed with latching issues and my supply (since she sucks a lot I have quite a good Supply).

    Has anyone had any experience with dummy's and feeding?

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    This is from the hidden hindrances sticky..

    Overuse of the pacifier. Babies all need to suck and it is this desire that often ensures that the baby is at mother's breast frequently enough to maintain her supply. Avoid using a pacifier if possible. Along with compromising milk supply, pacifiers have also been linked to greater incidence of ear infections and thrush and premature weaning. If you choose to use one, use it only after a feeding and watch your baby for signs that he is loving his pacifier too much. Limiting pacifier use is one effective way of increasing milk supply if needed.


    More info here http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/new...erns/pacifier/

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    You'll probably get a mix of passionate responses. Personally, I elected not use a dummy with my newborn but he was special care and the nurses asked that they use a dummy to help him learn to suckle, and to settle when I couldn't be there.
    I am pro-dummy til about 12 months of age. When they start talking, ditch the dummy.
    I have read that dummys can cause nipple confusion prior to 6 wks, however if you are feeling confident in yours and baby's bf'ing, then I say introduce a dummy for settling. It won't do any harm, and if you do find its confusing her, you can alway stop

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    I used a dummy from about 3/4wks with DS with no problems - still do and he's 15mths. He only had/has it at bed time and just uses it to get to sleep. He doesn't wake during the night if it falls out.

    I've never had to rock/pat DS to sleep, just gave him his dummy/comforter and off he goes on his own. Many people will have different views, but for us it's been a great settling technique with no issues.

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    No problems here

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    I've used dummies for all 4 of my girls without any problems with feeding. DD4 didn't need one until 4 months that's when her comfort sucking got to much for me to continue without the dummy.

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    DD1 wold not take a dummy at all so when DD2 came around I didn't consider getting one for her but she was a big comfort feeder early on and after a weekend of gastro I decided to offer her one because I felt too unwell to have her on me all the time.

    She took it for a couple of months (only for naps and really unsettled moments) but over the past 3 weeks she's dropped it herself and will no longer take it when offered. She's now 9 months and I am glad I don't have to worry about trying to wean her off it at a later date.

    I didn't have any issues while she was using it other than sometimes she would try to comfort suck on my boob after a feed and it would hurt because she was sucking differently.....I guess it was the way she'd suck on her dummy. I took her off and noticed my nipple was quite flat but it would only happen after she stopped feeding and was dozing and comfort sucking.

    If things have settled with breast feeding and you think bub would benefit from using one then it can't hurt to try

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    I can see how it might affect it if bub is not being given another chance to suck from the breast then they won't be able to increase milk supply but I gave my daughter 1 the first night in hospital and she is now 2.5 and still feeding lol. I think as long as you are still giving bub enough time at the breast they are fine

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    Default Dummies- do they effect breastfeeding?

    Never had any problems with my three DD all have used one from early on but DD1 was more into over feeding and throwing up, I also found it helped my sanity some days. All have gone on to feed till 8-12 mths and talk/eat without any problems. I did try to keep it as a bedtime /comfort thing and discouraged it from being used at play/awake times

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    All of my friends that breastfed and used dummies never had any problems.


 

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