A total of 181 mothers (68%) introduced a pacifier before 6 weeks. ... Women who introduced pacifiers tended to breastfeed their infants less frequently and experienced breastfeeding problems consistent with infrequent feeding. (NIH)
Honey, pacifiers should be avoided for the recommended four weeks when beginning your breastfeeding journey, this way you’ve established a good milk supply. ⠀
Personally, I recommend no use of them period for breastfeeding moms until 6 weeks when you’ve met and surpassed most breastfeeding challenges and your baby has hit a growth spurt.
When you use a pacifier you miss ALL of baby’s feeding/hunger cues except the last CRYING which causes baby to become fussy and upset which can make latching your baby more difficult. ⠀
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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consider offering pacifiers to infants one month and older at the onset of sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Put baby to breast frequently during the first 6 weeks after birth but no longer than 2 hours between each feeds. This will help to build and maintain your milk supply.
To make more milk it requires nipple stimulation i.e. baby to breast, hand expression, pumping. However, we recommend no pumping before six weeks as well unless mother chooses to exclusively pump or there are medical complications for mother or baby. Why? That’s for another post!
As always, this blog is not meant to be a substitute for a healthcare provider or to overuse the care plan of your doctor. Please consult with your doctor before taking any medications or supplements.