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August 23rd, 2013, 10:19 PM
SierraWinter's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Do you BTDT moms worry about this when breastfeeding, pumping and using a bottle and introducing a pacifier early on? I have pacifiers packed in the diaper bag for the hospital. Some moms I've talked to say their babies know the difference between a breast and a paci. But I've talked to other FTM that have read (as have I) that you can confuse the baby and create issues when you're trying to breast feed. I'm worried about baby using my (already raw) boobs as a paci when I could use a real pacifier. Thoughts?
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August 23rd, 2013, 11:06 PM
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For both boys we started pacis in the hospital and had no issue. For bottles, we wait 3-4 weeks. For us, its important that they take a bottle and not just breast, as I have to go back to work, but its also important to me that they don't get to use to a bottle too soon. When we do bottle feed we use slower more breast like bottles to help avoid them getting lazy and not wanting to work at feeding.
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August 24th, 2013, 04:34 AM
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My son used a paci early on and breastfed. You will know if baby is using breast as a paci as you won't hear any swallowing. But babies tend to just suck for a little while after they drink enough milk from the breast. I need to start giving breastmilk from a bottle about three months after birth. I had to do that last time and it wasn't a problem.

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August 24th, 2013, 05:33 AM
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We used pacis without problem. As long as you are nursing regularly, there shouldn't be a problem using a paci in between feelings when they want to suck.
I did hold off pumping and an occasional bottle for a few weeks, until bfing was well on it's way.
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August 24th, 2013, 05:33 AM
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Sawyer would never take a bottle. So much for date night for a year! He did take a pacifier but I did not introduce it for about 8 weeks.
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August 24th, 2013, 06:10 AM
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DS took a paci right away (in the hospital) and used it off and on until he voluntarily gave up on it around 3 weeks old. Didn't hurt our BFing relationship at all. I waited at least a month I think before I tried giving him a bottle and he was kind of hit or miss with it but he took one when he had to. So no real nipple confusion. I plan to give this baby a bottle after a few weeks as I want them to get used to a bottle and not just a boob. And if a paci helps soothe them, I won't worry about giving it to them.
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August 24th, 2013, 06:17 AM
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Winter took a paci the night the was born. Did not hurt bf for us. The nurses were trying to put her on a schedule, and she ended up with a belly ache from eating too much. Babies think that sucking will relieve the pain, any pain. So out came the paci. She did great. Made her feel better since she was not filling her stomach more, and let me sleep. Not looking forward to dealing with the nurses again!

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August 24th, 2013, 08:57 AM
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I used pacis in the hospital both times. No issues.

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Of course, they will tell you to wait.
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August 24th, 2013, 03:02 PM
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DD didn't ever really take a paci, DS took it but not til after we came home and found the right one, we weaned him off that pretty early, but I never noticed any confusion between nipple and paci or bottle.

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August 24th, 2013, 03:29 PM
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DD1 didn't take a paci or bottle until 6 months (not for lack of trying) DD2 nursed right after birth, had bottles in the NICU and after she came home never touched a bottle or paci EVER. She nursed for 15 months. DS never had a paci or bottle (not for lack of trying again). He nursed for 23 months.

I was told by a nurse on the postpartum floor when DD2 was born that a baby will always remember how it was fed first. I was very concerned with her because she was in the NICU and wouldn't nurse in the NICU AT ALL. The nurse was very supportive and pretty much told me that nipple confusion doesn't exist to the extent that people thinks it does. If a baby latches on and nurses after birth it will go back to nursing. I didn't believe her and prepared myself to have to pump or formula feed DD2, but once we got my daughter out of the hustle and bustle of the NICU she never had a problem nursing even after only nursing once and then days of a bottle.
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August 24th, 2013, 04:28 PM
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What a relief to hear that most of you haven't had a problem. Although I'm a BTDT mommy, I've never successfully BF so I've really been wondering about this.
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August 24th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Glad to hear all your stories, sounds like its not a big issue. I think I'll stick with taking paci's to the hospital in case baby likes them and not worry about her not BF as a result.
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August 24th, 2013, 05:01 PM
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My hospital gives pacis to you also. So you don't have to take them if you don't want too.
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August 24th, 2013, 07:28 PM
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I personally do not use pacis.... I was afraid of nipple confusion, and being I was nursing, I was feeding on demand, and while it feels like the first 6 weeks they are on the boob ALL the time, even if its just comfort nursing, they are. BUT it is also helping to establish the milk supply too.

Often they say to wait to introduce bottles till after the 6 week mark as well... if you can hold out thats great, but some have to start earlier. The big picture is not messing with your milk supply. The best way to establish it is nursing on demand. Pumping too early sometimes hurts it.

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August 25th, 2013, 08:39 PM
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I can't remember when I started with pacifiers. Not in the hospital, but within a couple of weeks. I know now that they recommend it for SIDS and are less concerned with nipple confusion. I did some pumped bottles after a few weeks, and then switched to an occasional bottle of formula after 3-4 months for when I needed to go out. I think I started doing a bottle a day consistently around 6 months, and went over to 2 bottles a day at 10 months. After that, my daughter refused to nurse, which may have been a combination of teething and frustration with milk supply compared to the bottle.
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August 25th, 2013, 09:08 PM
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All babies are different. My daughter didn't have a problem with this, but I have friends whose kids have. My daughter also only took a paci for about 2 months, and not consistently, and then refused it.

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