Is it bad to give bub a dummy while breastfeeding.
Does this confuse bub and make it harder to establish breastfeeding?
My son was bottle fed so he was fine with the bottle and the dummy.
Just wasnt sure about the breast and dummy.
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I am a breastfeeder who doesnt use dummies. I dont think that breastfeeders who use dummies are 'wrong' but it something that I chose not to do.
In the early days of BF especially it can cause problems with milksuppy and therefore hinder BFing.
How it does that is your baby will naturally increase your milk supply by fussing and wanting extra drinks, this in turn tells your body that it needs to make more milk. This happens during growth spurts etc.
When a mum has a dummy avalible then the baby can be pacified at the times when it really important to be sucking on the breast and stimualting milk supply. This in turn reduces the bodies response and it doesnt make the milk required to sustain the baby.
Thanks thats great info.
I might try to delay introducing the dummy untill we have breatfeeding down.
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I am using a dummy with 8wk old DD and she is BF fine. I started using it at about a month, because she was driving me insane and also because she has reflux and wind pain... I was told often babies want to suck when they are uncomfortable, but feeding when they are not actually hungry and just in need of sucking just adds to the problem.
The person who was talking about milk supply is right though. I only use the dummy when I know for sure that she has a full belly and nothing else wrong with her. Babies cry and fuss to communicate a need and I don't think you should just shove a dummy in their mouth to suppress their crying when they may need something, even just attention. I find the dummy excellent when DD is in pain from reflux/colic or when she is overtired and sooky - she doesn't like being held and comforted when she is like this and it helps her go to sleep. And then, lets face it, sometimes YOU need that baby to just shut up for 10 minutes or you might end up in a mental institution. So I say, use the dummy if you want, but use sensibly