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Does nipple confusion exist?
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
A newborn gets confused because he doesn't know why he has to latch on, suck, and move his tongue a little differently when he is feeding on a regular plastic nipple, compared to when he is feeding on a breast.
A baby may prefer the regular nipple because formula comes through the hole easily and immediately. With a breast, the milk takes a little time to start flowing, which may upset the baby.

In brief: Yes
A newborn gets confused because he doesn't know why he has to latch on, suck, and move his tongue a little differently when he is feeding on a regular plastic nipple, compared to when he is feeding on a breast.
A baby may prefer the regular nipple because formula comes through the hole easily and immediately. With a breast, the milk takes a little time to start flowing, which may upset the baby.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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