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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Nipple Confusion (Overview)

The human breast and nipple are very different from a bottle and nipple. Think of how you drink from a cup and how you drink from a straw it's an entirely different skill. A baby has to learn to adapt to the type of nipple used. Exposure to a rubber nipple (from a bottle or a pacifier) can create nipple confusion for your baby and make breastfeeding more difficult, especially during the first two months. After that, your milk supply will be well established, you both will be comfortable with the technique and routine of breastfeeding, and occasional use of a rubber nipple will cause less nipple confusion.


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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. Creighton Wright
220 doctors shared insights

Nipple Confusion (Overview)

The human breast and nipple are very different from a bottle and nipple. Think of how you drink from a cup and how you drink from a straw it's an entirely different skill. A baby has to learn to adapt to the type of nipple used. Exposure to a rubber nipple (from a bottle or a pacifier) can create nipple confusion for your baby and make breastfeeding more difficult, especially during the first two months. After that, your milk supply will be well established, you both will be comfortable with the technique and routine of breastfeeding, and occasional use of a rubber nipple will cause less nipple confusion.


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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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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 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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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? 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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Cycle 21-28d stays on 6d' last cycle july17-22 unpro sex on july21st period stop then came back on 22nd yesterday clear fluid from nipples. Confused?

Cycle 21-28d stays on 6d' last cycle july17-22  unpro sex on july21st period stop then came back on 22nd yesterday clear fluid from nipples. Confused?

Doubt pregnancy : If you are concerned check a test if the white discharge continues you might trace a yeast infection that needs treatment and you can get that over the counter sounds like your hormones were a bit confused too ...Read more

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. Carlos Satulovsky
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Confusion (Definition)

The state of unclear thinking. May be accompanied by ...Read more