This baby is sucking on a common pacifier shape. Notice how the baby’s lips remain tightly closed around the nipple. If the baby transferred this suck to her mother’s nipple~ ouch!
This baby is sucking on a pacifier shape with a wider base than the one pictured above. The mouth is slightly open, and the lips are not pursed. This mouth placement is better for a baby who is breastfeeding.
In our book Balancing Breast and Bottle . . .
- Learn about the four common pacifier shapes on the market, and how different shapes influence a baby’s tongue placement and movement.
- Discover how to protect your breastfeeding relationship by the five-step list of when to avoid using a pacifier.
- Find recommendations for age of pacifier weaning.
- Examine pacifier use as it relates to the prevention of SIDS (Suddent Infant Death Syndrome).
Is it okay to use a pacifier?
- Maybe There isn’t a clear answer. Every family is different. If a mom will be separated from her baby, and sucking is soothing and makes her baby feel happy, a pacifier may help fill that void during separation.
- One problem Too often we see a pacifier used as a quick-fix to make a baby happy. It replaces the need for parents to investigate the underlying problem. Is the baby hungry? Bored? Tired? The pacifier should not take the place of parenting.