Weaning from the pacifier

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Weaning from the pacifier

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Many parents are really worried about using a pacifier, but babies really need to suck. That reflex is calming and relaxing to them. So you are going to have to make a choice about what they might be, and you won’t even know your baby for a little while and how much your baby really needs to suck. This is kind of an example of parents trying to parent a newborn baby as if they are 2 years old. You may have to wait on taking the pacifier away, if you do use one. But wait and see what your baby really needs. So baby is going to suck something, the breast, the pacifier, a finger, or a thumb. Some of those things are all going to come into play. So what’s the choice? Pacifiers not my favorite thing, because they can be tied into malocclusion, change of the palette, ear infections, etc.. But it might be what really works for your baby. We don’t want you to feel guilty about that. If you get a chance for a shower while your partners holding the baby and bouncing on the yoga ball and letting him have a pacifier, that’s probably what you need to do. But don’t just put it in, any old time, when they don’t seem to need it, because it wouldn’t be necessary. If you want to take the pacifier way a little later, and then do so, maybe it will be okay with it. Might be a few fussy days, but people do creative things. They gather up the pacifiers, wrap them up, tie them with a bow, and mail them to some friend who is going to have a baby. Or that put on the pillow on the morning with a little ceremonies saying it’s for nine night time. We put the pacy on the pillow. So you can be creative and you can take the pacifier away, whenever you want to stop using it. After all a pacifier might be a lot easier to take away, than a thumb, which may last for years.

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Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Corky Harvey is a co-founder of the Pump Station & Nurtury™ - the first new parent resource center of its kind. She is a registered nurse with a master's degree in maternal/newborn Nursing, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She teaches breastfeeding and baby care classes, facilitates the New Mother Breastfeeding Support Groups, and is a frequent guest lecturer. Corky has three grown children who were breastfed and she loves to claim that their intelligence is linked to this. Corky has two grandsons, Diego who nursed over two years, and 18-month-old Axel who is still breastfeeding. 

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