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How can I resolve my baby's nipple confusion?

How can I resolve my baby's nipple confusion?

Pick one and do it!: If you want to breastfeed and bottles or pacifiers are causing problems, then stop the bottles and pacy and breastfeed away. Essentially practice, practice, practice. Try eliminating alternate nipple forms for 3-4 weeks and establish a good pattern and then, only if needed, reintroduce bottles and/or pacifiers. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Nipple Confusion (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can you tell me how to keep my baby from nipple confusion?

Can you tell me how to keep my baby from nipple confusion?

Ignore it: The only time I really saw this (in 3 decades) was when a baby absolutely refused a bottle at 10 mo when mom went to the hospital for surgery. I look at this as an excuse offered by the titty police when kids struggle with breast feeding.Human infants can figure it out, the issue is a myth in most cases.. ...Read more

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Does nipple confusion exist?

Does nipple confusion exist?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nipple confusion?

What is the definition or description of: Nipple confusion?

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. ...Read more

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What is nipple confusion?

What is nipple confusion?

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. ...Read more

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Does nipple confusion exist? pediatrician's recommended bottle and paci @3 days old due to bloody nipples. I want to BF but baby doesn't frustrated

Does nipple confusion exist? pediatrician's recommended  bottle and paci @3 days old due to bloody nipples.  I want to BF but baby doesn't frustrated

For some babies: It does exist for some babies. The problem is there is no way to tell which babies will have trouble and which ones won't. There is definitely a group of infants who, once they get fed from a bottle, refuse breast because it is more work. The majority of infants don't care - as long as food comes out the end, they will feed. I know you're sore, but try to get through a few more days- it will clear ...Read more

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Past two days i pumped 3 times and left breastmilk to mom to give it to my 2,5 months old boy. does it diminish milk supply or cause nipple confusion?

Past two days i pumped 3 times and left breastmilk to mom to give it to my 2,5 months old boy. does it diminish milk supply or cause nipple confusion?

Breast feeding: Breast feeding or breast pumping on regular basis every 3 hours helps to stimulate milk formation. Also you need to eat healthy & drink lots Of fluids. Good luck & enjoy your baby. ...Read more

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My 5 mo old fusses, becomes agitated five minutes into breastfeeding. She is formula fed when i'm at work, is this due to nipple confusion?What can I do?

Unlikely confusion: Nipple confusion is more likely if a kid refuses a bottle because they want the breast or vise versa. Your baby may be noticing the change in flow rate that comes naturally during bf.After 5 min the flow rate can slow (80% empties in the first 5min) .The flow rate with a bottle varies only with babies suck. Try switching sides after 5min & let her go back if willing after another 5/side. ...Read more

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What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

Lactation specialist: Lactation specialists are usually nurses that have experience in helping mother with their nursing issues. You can get referral from the nursery nurses, or look them up in the internet for one near you. There is a volunteer organization called "la leche league" that also helps nursing mothers all over the world. ...Read more

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get lactation problems?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get lactation problems?

Not sure: There are several causes of "lactation problems" from the lack of prolactin hormone stimulating the milk ducts to inadequate sucking by the child. High anxiety mother's are generally less successful at breast feeding than mother's who are less anxious. ...Read more

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Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


Dr. Laura Webb
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Lactation Problems (Definition)

Lactation problems occur when the mother has difficulty producing or maintaining enough breast ...Read more