Pacifiers and breastfeeding

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Pacifiers and breastfeeding
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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 11:33pm
OK, I know we have touched on this subject before but I would like to go over it again. Tell me....whether you bf or ff and if you are for or against pacifiers and why. I am talking newborns and infants. No debating toddler use of pacifiers please;) This is strictly babies!!


christine


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:10pm
Then how do you propose we FFing moms pacify our babies?

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I NEVER put one in DS's mouth when he was almost ready or ready for a bottle...the bottle only took a second to fix so there was no long wait for a bottle to be fixed, so no need to pacify!

However, he loved his paci from that first moment at the hospital when I cuddled him and snuggled him, rocked him, held him, while he slept on my tummy, when he was going to sleep, and during those first 6 wks in the vehichle as we were out & about....it was fabulous for him...he wanted his paci!

He would not settle down for any of these until he had his paci from that first moment...so what are FFers suppose to do if we don't use pacifires?

I can't imagine...of course, we had one of every color, every style to coordinate w/his clothes and blankets...he would take ANY paci just as long as it was a paci...well into his 14th month.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:37pm
Naw, it didn't. :-) But then I'm a tough old cookie, used to being called the human paci. by my IL's. ;-)

I just feel that lots of people just don't *think* of the fact that paci's weren't "the original paci"...that it is NORMAL for a baby to get comfort at the breast...and they therefore think something's wrong with it. Sometimes we do things more willingly when we realize it's normal to do them, KWIM?

:-)

Fio.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:39pm
I think some people TRY and get them to wait. Not sure if they succeed or not. I remember hearing my nephew scream his head off anyhow.

Paci's made both my DD's gag anyhow. They both suck their digits. DD1 her fingers (1st 2 on her R hand) and DD2 her R thumb.

Fio.

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 12:06am
Where's the "lost" icon? ;-) I posted something to this and it flew away into cyber space...

"However, he loved his paci from that first moment at the hospital when I cuddled him and snuggled him, rocked him, held him, while he slept on my tummy, when he was going to sleep, and during those first 6 wks in the vehichle as we were out & about....it was fabulous for him...he wanted his paci!"

I could see it in a vehicle. I mean, I think a bottle could be a choking hazard. But other than that...maybe a clean finger or something? There is something to be said for FEELING the force of suction IMHO and IME, to judge the hunger side of things. I do know of some kids who are really easy going and will suck on anything you give them and not really complain...and end up FTT.

"I can't imagine...of course, we had one of every color, every style to coordinate w/his clothes and blankets"

I gotta say...though I don't have anything against paci's when used "properly", I do think they're butt-ugly. ;-) I think the kids look like mini Hanibal Lecters with them in thier mouthes...so I had to lol at this image of matching stuff. ;-)

Fio.

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 2:20am
Pacifires are just the cutest to me! They are "baby" things. When I think of baby things I think of bottles, pacifires as the top 2 'things' for babies! LOL

I love a baby w/a pacifire in its mouth...just adorable!

Oh, I matched EVERYTHING! I'd decide on his little outfit, then pick out coordinating blankets, pick the matching bottles and pacifires to use, I have to have EVERYTHING coordinated! And I'm just like this about our new baby!!!!! I buy things to all match...i.e. I pick out an outfit then I find bottles & pacifires to match LOL I love it!

I'll use pacifires ANY day!

I also don't EVER give bottles in the car....first, if I'm driving and baby is old enough to hold its own...I still do NOT. I prefer to always hold my baby during feedings. And if I'm not driving I get way too car sick to ever think of sitting in the back seat...no matter if it is the car or suv!

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 3:54pm
too bad I can't colour-code my breasts then. ;-)

Since neither of my babies have ever had bottles, and most people I "hang out" with don't give bottles OR paci's on a regular basis, I'd have to say the topmost things I think of when I think "baby" are dipes, babywearing devices (ie sling) & toys (ie rattles).

Fio.

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 4:04pm
LOL...I was so upset when we gave up bottles at like 18 1/2-19 months and of course we ha already gone thru giving up the paci at about 14 1/2 months. To me this is just part of having a baby (like the things you mentioned are part of having a baby to you).

I just love buying those cute things...of course, I love buying anything cute for babies! I've been adorning my niece w/goodies...now I'll have a new baby in the house!

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 6:19pm
Fio!! What about beautiful cloth diapers?? They are made so very adorable today!!

christine


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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 7:21pm
Pampers are beautiful!!!!! ROTFLOL! No, I will not be using cloth diapers (unless medically necessary)
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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 7:28pm
yeah, they are. unfortunately they're also very expensive.

i got a lovely present of terry flat nappies from england (24 of 'em) when dd1 was born. not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, i use them. they are plain & white. :-( but v. serviceable.

i did mention dipes tho, didn't i?

fio nak