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Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read more

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Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Either works fine: Both bassinets and cradles serve as temporary sleep locals for newborns until they are ready to transition to a crib. Whether parents choose one or the other is a matter of personal preference rather than a stoic medical recommendation. Safety is less of an issue now that newer models have sufficient base and slat width and wheels locks. Be sure to check manufacturer's infant weight limits. ...Read more

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My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?

My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?

Express prior: Your letdown may be too much for your newborn. Try to express some milk prior to feeding to allow the flow of milk to be more steady. Take breaks during feeds to allow her to catch up with your milk flow. ...Read more

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If I give my son a bottle will he start to prefer the bottle more then my breast? I don't want to stop the bond.

If I give my son a bottle will he start to prefer the bottle more then my breast? I don't want to stop the bond.

Reasonable backup: You may find it hard to get him to take a bottle if you are there & he wants the real thing. Having someone else feed him a bottle once in a while can be a benefit if you were to need surgery or be away for any lengthy period. I find more BF kids refuse bottles than become confused by them. ...Read more

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When to give a baby pacifier?

When to give a baby pacifier?

No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to take a bottle? He much prefers the breast.

How can I get my baby to take a bottle?  He much prefers the breast.

Ask dad to help: If baby wants the real thing & knows its nearby s/he may not accept the bottle. Enlist the aid of another and get out of the room. Dad or an assistant is more likely to be successful if your not visible. Once baby has begun to accept the bottle & enjoy it, you may begin to use it yourself. ...Read more

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Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read more

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Will I be able to bond with my baby if I bottle feed?

Will I be able to bond with my baby if I bottle feed?

Yes: Absolutely. Feeding your baby is a warm, emotional experience whether breast or bottlefeeding. Remember we dads have done it this way forever.It is the overall contact that generates the emotional ties. Do not worry! ...Read more

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What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?

What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry.  I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep.  And want her to learn to self soothe.?

10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more

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How do I wean my baby from her pacifier? She likes to sleep with it.

How do I wean my baby from her pacifier?  She likes to sleep with it.

Stop it: Stop using it and allow her to get used to it. It requires patience, love and understanding. Do not get irritated or angry. ...Read more

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How long will i need to watch or monitor my daughter brushing her teeth? My daughter turned six, and i think she's now able and ready to brush her teeth on her own. I want to be there to watch while she does it for a while to make sure she's doing it righ

How long will i need to watch or monitor my daughter brushing her teeth? My daughter turned six, and i think she's now able and ready to brush her teeth on her own. I want to be there to watch while she does it for a while to make sure she's doing it righ

I : I don't think one can put a specific time as to when a child is responsible enough to brush their teeth adequately. Every child matures at a different pace. How do you feel about the job your daughter is doing? Does she take at least a minute to complete her routine, or does she take 10 seconds? I would monitor her (possibly from a short distance) to see how well she does it. Most children want to please their parents and don't want to be reprimanded. When you bring her for her check ups, what does her dentist say? How clean are her teeth? That may give you more insight as to how well she is doing. ...Read more

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Will a child continue to use a pacifier until I take it away from him?

Will a child continue to use a pacifier until I take it away from him?

Not necessarily: Infants may use & abandon a pacifier depending on their degree of attachment & availability of interesting alternatives. I have had kids that never took to one and some that carried one about until preschool.Sudden removal confuses a todler who wonders why they are being punished, or why mommy took my best buddy away. The wounded trust may last a lifetime. Reduce paci time gradually & they toss it. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let your baby use your breast as a pacifier?

Is it ok to let your baby use your breast as a pacifier?

Pacifier: There will be lots of differing views on this and not one answer is right or wrong. All personal decisions. I'm personally not in favor of it. There are lots of other ways to soothe a baby. For your own sanity, you kinda want to keep the breast just for feeding. IMO ...Read more

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I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle

I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle

Try skin-to-skin: To engage your baby's rooting reflex, put her skin-to-skin, lying on her tummy, while you're lying back on some pillows. Babies who are skin-to-skin look for the breast and can latch, all by themselves. (see http://www.Biologicalnurturing.Com/video/bn3clip.Html ) you might also work with a lactation consultant to help get reintroduce your baby to the breast. ...Read more

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When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

Rolling over: Once a baby can roll over well, both directions, between his stomach and his back - this usually occurs by about age 6 months. Before this is true, babies should sleep only on their back to help prevent sids. ...Read more

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Should I give my baby formula so he can get used to the taste?

Should I give my baby formula so he can get used to the taste?

Not necessary: Formula is just a manmade liquid diet for infants and meant to be a complete food. It doesn't taste particularly good, but it is complete nutrition for an infant. For a small infant, it will be the only food s/he is taking. For an older infant, closer to 12 months and eating food, formula may not be necessary. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 weeks old and will only go to sleep when held, is she to young to use the ferber method? 

My baby is 6 weeks old and will only go to sleep when held, is she to young to use the ferber method? 

Advice from dad: My advice on this matter comes as a father, not as pediatrician. You can't spoil a 6 week old. They need to be held. They're so little! ...Read more

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Is pacifier good for an infant?

Is pacifier good for an infant?

Yes: The general answer is yes. It is a great way to calm a baby and avoid overfeeding. It has also been thought to decrease chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Do consider: do not start until 3-4 weeks if you are breast feeding (nipple confusion) and definitely take away by age 1 yr. Although you could use it up to age 18-24 mo, it is harder to wean at that age and may affect teeth and speech dev. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if all babies like pacifiers? Why is that?

Wanted to know if all babies like pacifiers? Why is that?

Pacifiers: All babies have a natural instinct to suck. This is in order to nurse, and survive. Some babies actually don't like pacifiers. ...Read more

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Why do babies like pacifiers even if they aren't getting any milk from them?

Why do babies like pacifiers even if they aren't getting any milk from them?

Calming: Sucking is really the only mechanism newborn babies have to calm themselves. Its a built in reflex and helps calm babies, even when not eating. Its one step parents can use to help calm crying babies, but some babies will need us to calm them with holding, wrapping, shushing, etc... ...Read more

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New Born babies with pacifier ?

Pacifiers: Yes please! Pacifiers are wonderful in my opinion. They satisfy babies need to suck, they sooth baby, they help mom and dad. They don't hurt teeth. Best of all there are studies which show a decreased incidence of sudden infant death with their use. This doctor and grandpa endorses them! ...Read more

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I have infant who is 1 year old whose teeth are crooked/is it because using a pacifier?

Doubtful: Usually other causes (crowding) for crooked baby teeth @ age 1. Make sure to take your child for cm-up, evaluation of tooth and jaw growth, hygiene instruction, Fluoride instructions, and so much more. Don't wait 'till 2-3, please go now. Ask dentist to ck tooth alignment. ...Read more

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New born babies to Sooth used pacifier ?

New born babies to Sooth used pacifier


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NO: Do not give a used pacifier to a newborn. It carries a risk of introducing bacteria and fungal elements to an immature immune system. Most hospitals will give you a bew pacifier if you must have one. Or you could let your baby nurse to soothe. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

Up to a year of age: The american academy of pediatrics actually endorses the use of a pacifier as it helps to decrease your baby's risk of developing sids (sudden infant death syndrome) in the first year of life. After 12 months, the benefit does not appear to exist. At that point it is wisest to discontinue the pacifier if not previously done. ...Read more

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How long should a baby use a pacifier for? Do they damage teeth?

How long should a baby use a pacifier for? Do they damage teeth?

Pacifier: I would get rid of about 4 month old or sooner if you can, yes, it causes dental problem ...Read more

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When to give a baby pacifier?

No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more

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How often should we change baby's pacifier?

How often should we change baby's pacifier?

See below: You only need to change it if it looks worn or it is damaged. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read more

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How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

Wean Early: Sooner is better when it comes to weaning from a pacifier. The longer it stays, the harder it is to take away. And the longer it stays, the greater the risk of speech delay, cavities, needing braces... I tell parents, "sometimes, the only way to get rid of the pacifier is to get rid of the pacifier." throwing it away may seem hard in the short run, but it's far easier in the long run. ...Read more

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Can those soothie pacifiers really make a difference for a baby?

Can those soothie pacifiers really make a difference for a baby?

Pacifiers: Yes little babies love to suck, it is a part of their developmental stage and they need to have enough of it before 18 months of age to avoid oral fixation. That is one of the reasons we always recommend breast feeding because it gives them more sucking than bottles. ...Read more

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My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?

My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?

Feeding: One of the hardest thing is babies tend to nurse more frequently. I hope by this time you have established feedings to do them every three hours during the day and try to space them out every 4-54 hours at night. Make sure you get some help to burp, change or bath the baby so you can get some rest. If you feel depressed and crying alot, call your doctor to see if you need any help with that ...Read more

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Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Can I give my baby her pacifier at night?

Yes: Pacifiers do actually pacify infants & there is some data suggesting they help decrease risk of crib death when used as a sleep aid. That said, baby can develop a habit of needing it so much at night they wake you up crying until you find it and reinsert it. ...Read more

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When should I start weaning my child off of the pacifier?

When should I start weaning my child off of the pacifier?

Did she need...: It really has very little to do with age. Did she need the pacifier in the first place? If pacifier removal really causes distress to the child, i'd remember the words of one of my old mentors who spoke about thumbsucking (but applies to binkies as well): "leave them alone. An orthodontist is cheaper than a psychiatrist.". ...Read more

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At what age should I start to wean my baby out of pacifier?

At what age should I start to wean my baby out of pacifier?

Ask yr pediatrician: Most babies give up the pacifier eventually and there is really no harm to using one unless perhaps adult teeth are coming in. Like any behavior you would like to discourage, distraction (offering a favorite toy, another activity, a drink of water or a healthy snack) is usually the best approach. ...Read more

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How do I wean my baby from her pacifier? She likes to sleep with it.

Stop it: Stop using it and allow her to get used to it. It requires patience, love and understanding. Do not get irritated or angry. ...Read more

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Does using a pacifier have any consequences on a baby's teeth later on in life?

Does using a pacifier have any consequences on a baby's teeth later on in life?

Yes: Overuse of a pacifier can lead to increased problems with cavities and more dental malocclusion of protruding. This may require major repair work. ...Read more

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