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what is nipple confusion?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Nipple confusion: Breastfeeding and bottle feeding are very different with respect to the way a baby needs to suck. Breastfeeding requires the baby to have a wide open mouth with the tongue down and curled under the nipple. Some babies can become "confused" if artificial nipples from pacifiers and or bottles are introduced early, before breastfeeding is well established.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Lactation terms: Many breast coaches will use this term to describe the idea that a baby will not work to start breast feeding if they are offered a pacifier or bottle. They say it promotes nipple confusion. In three decades of doing this I have found it works opposite. If kids never try a pacifier or bottle, mom's have a hard time getting them to wean or use one. I consider it bunk.

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Does nipple confusion exist?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Simple thought process... Does your nipple look like the nipple on the bottle? Of course not, and so baby will naturally react differently to both forms of feeding. Many babies will still do fine no matter what, but some babies will have troubles switching back and forth. This may create troubles with breastfeeding and so try to avoid doing both unless 100% necessary.
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What causes chest pain when taking deep breaths and when swallowing food?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Several: You should not have chest pain when taking a deep breath or on swallowing. You better get checked.
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Is it normal to have chest pain after running?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Not normal: Unusual to have CP after running, you may be short of breath. If you have this consistently you better get checked.
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Having pains to my ribs right side and sorness to touch?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Many things: Trauma is usually obvious, fracturing the ribs or bruising the soft tissue in the area. Inflammation can occur without trauma. If there is a rash and you had chicken pox in the past, it could be shingles (herpes zoster). Sometimes tumors will involve the ribs and lead to fracture and pain. If pain does not improve with over the counter medication and time or is severe, see your primary doctor.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Nipple confusion?

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Dr. Valerie Hines
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Nipple confusion: This term is used for breastfed infants that are offered other types of nipples, such as bottles and pacifiers and this can interfere with successful breastfeeding. The infant tries to use the bottle-feeding technique on the breast and has difficulty latching-on and sucking.

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