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Lesson 25: Decide whether or not you want to use a pacifier

We originally chose to use a pacifier because we figured it would be easier to break our son from a pacifier than from sucking his thumb. After all, you can take a pacifier away, but folks frown on the removal of a thumb, ya know?

Also, there is evidence that the use of a pacifier can help prevent SIDS. Sign me up for that!

The one thing that caused me to hesitate was when I learned in a breastfeeding class that pacifiers might cause nipple confusion. We used a pacifier from day one and I don’t know if it caused nipple confusion or not. What I do know is that, after my son was circumcised on day 2, he stopped nursing and could no longer latch on correctly (even though he latched the whole first day like a boss).

We ended up using a nipple shield to nurse (which, by the way, was a huge mistake that I think contributed to our problems with latching), and then pumping and bottle-feeding when the frustration mounted. This lasted for about 3ish months and I almost quit many times. Exclusively pumping is a lot of work! A lot. And the nipple shield was messy, frustrating for both of us, and effectively stamped out the convenience of breastfeeding.

Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore and was close to throwing the effing pump in the effing garbage can, J randomly latched on one day and we never looked back.

My conclusion is, I don’t know if the pacifier, the early circumcision or the nipple shield was the cause of our problems. Hell, we may have had problems even without any of those things. But what I do know is, I’ll use a pacifier with the next baby. It has saved our butts on many occasions!

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2 comments on “Lesson 25: Decide whether or not you want to use a pacifier

  1. […] Lesson 25: Decide whether or not you want to use a pacifier […]

  2. […] whether or not you want your child to continue using a pacifier (if she uses one). Many pediatricians suggest getting rid of the pacifier between 1-year and 18-months. Studies […]

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