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Sigh. I broke down today and bought binkies for 11 day old Morgan. She has been cluster feeding pretty much since day one. If she isn't dead asleep or attached to my boob she is crying. If she falls asleep and I put her down, half the time she wakes up with in 10 minutes, rooting and fussing like she hasn't eaten in hours. DH feels bad because he can't even console her long enough for me to take a shower. I feel awful about it because I keep reading how bad it is to introduce artificial nipples in the early days of breastfeeding, but I think my sanity is in jeopardy at this point. Please someone tell me that I haven't ruined my breastfeeding experience.
We actually introduced the paci on day one (shame shame, I know!) and we haven't had any nipple confusion at all. He'll take it sometimes but he knows that nothing comes out so he still very much loves the boob.
I gave my first son a paci on day 3 - he was exactly how Morgan is. CONSTANTLY wanting to nurse. I couldn't take it, so I gave in. And we nursed for 9 months, no problems. (Would have been longer but my job took it's toll on my supply). So, the second kid, we also gave it pretty early and he nursed for 18 months.
Sounds like she's well established with nursing, and as long as you're not using the paci to substitute for feedings, she'll probably be fine.
I have had to give Grayson a pacifier after feeding because if I left it up to him he would be permanently attached to the boob. After he has nursed for his full 20 minutes and is basically just chomping, I give it to him. I just have made sure to let him nurse first and so far it hasn't caused any problems.
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I wouldn't stress about it. I had to give Conrad a pacifier at 3 days old because he's constantly sucking his fingers and scratching up his face. That and the fact that he wanted to use me as a pacifier too. Which is ok....LATER. But when my nips were starting to get scabbed and blistered, I gave in. It hasn't interfered with BF at all. His face is healed up, and so have my nips.
Screw the stupid books. You gotta do what you gotta do.
Both my boys took pacis when they were babies. Even straight from the beginning and it never hurt my supply any. They tend to spit it right out when they're truly hungry I've found. I do plan on using it this time around too, depending on whether or not he needs it. My second wasn't too interested in it, we barely used it after a couple months, and gave it up entirely around 6 months. My first used it until after he was two, however. Really, I think being able to have your body to yourself for a few minutes is worth giving them a paci.
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I wouldn't worry, honestly. Anna is being supplemented with formula, which means she gets a bottle. I still try to nurse her to get my milk to come in, and we had to start using a paci the other night because she'd root and fuss, but then spit out her bottle. She just needed some comforting which newborns get from sucking. She's doing just fine. She still latches and sucks furiously on the breast, she takes her bottle just fine, and when she needs the paci she does fine with that.
You should be fine, don't worry. I gave baby Ariana the binkie at 3 days old and she is still breast feeding like a champ, she didnt get confused at all. Binkies are a life saver so don't feel bad at all. You're doing a great job
This thread makes me feel better bout giving my baby a paci a lil earlier..I waited a while before I gave dd a paci and drove me insane not having anything to pacify her when I needed it!! I never knew nothing about this with my first 2 and only had a problem with my first one nursing and that was due to the nurses giving him a bottle before he ever nursed! I think we just need to do what works for baby and us!
Thanks for the encouragement. She's doing fine. She isn't terribly interested in the binky most of the time, but she'll usually suck on it for a few minutes. No BFing issues. She knows where her food comes from.