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Old 01-11-07, 12:40 AM
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It shouldn't be too early. Lucas took one at around 10 days and only ever breastfed and he had no problem with nipple issues. He did seem to prefer the orthodontic style over the kind that are a football shaped bulb. He still uses one now at naptime and bedtime and he's almost 2. I haven't even thought about trying to get rid of it just yet.
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Old 01-11-07, 01:17 AM
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My kids both had pacifiers and there was no problem.
Andrew required a pacifier because he needed to suck but I couldn't BF him the amount he wanted (because he'd be over full after 5 minutes and then he'd just puke it all back up) so he had to have the pacifier to satisfy that need to suck.

I probably would have given him a pacifier anyway had he not needed it so badly because I'm VERY against any 'comfort nursing'. Nursing to me is/was strictly for feeding. Not for getting to sleep, not for any of that comfort stuff.

Sarah was very finicky with her pacifier ... it had to be a certain kind. But she loved that thing to bits!
It turns out that babies are very rarely 'nipple confused'. So rarely in fact, that the term should be stricken from the world so people can stop using that lame excuse for other reasons.
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Old 01-12-07, 10:38 PM
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Josh got a pacifier the night after his first full day as a member of the universe. I wasn't going to introduce it but the way he was crying for 2 straight hours, I vaguely remember telling DH that I didn't care if he took the d*mn thing to first grade if it meant he'd stop crying right now.
It worked. We nursed for 8 1/2 months.
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Old 01-15-07, 09:04 AM
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Aedan was BF exclusively.. Refused binkies and bottles for a LONG time and when he took the bottle it was only juice.. no EBM or formula. Needless to say he nursed til 13 months. He sometimes would just suck/hang on for comfort. He refused the binkie.. whereas Chloe was given formula and a binkie in the hospital and it's a security thing for her now. She weaned herself at 4 months.
 


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Old 01-15-07, 09:12 AM
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I was/am pretty against pacifiers -- HOWEVER, i had a sucker too -- I did pretty well dealing with it most of the time, but I'll tell you - if it wasn't for the pacifier I'd never have been able to drive!!!

Doc does recommend NOT giving them past 5 months, but def ok (in moderation) for the extremely boob fixated baby! lol
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