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Can I use Pacifier for Baby? Are artificial nipples or soothers good?

Can I use Pacifier for Baby | Can I give my baby Pacifiers | What are Pacifiers | Are artificial nipples good for babies | Are artificial soothers good for babies | Why are pacifiers used for babies | Reasons for using pacifiers for babies | What does Science say about using Pacifier? | Do’s and Don’ts while using Pacifiers

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What are Pacifiers?

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Pacifiers are a form of artificial nipples on which a baby or toddler sucks. It is made of three parts Nipple, Guard, and a Ring. These artificial nipples are made of a material that feels more like a mother’s nipples. Babies have strong sucking reflex and you may be aware that most babies suck their fingers even while they are in mom’s womb. Hence the action of sucking nipples in these pacifiers is thought to calm the baby. These were initially made using rubber and currently made of plastic or silicone.

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Reasons Pacifiers are used

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  1. To calm the fussy or crying baby.
  2. To offer comfort during vaccinations.
  3. To help babies wean breastfeeding.
  4. To overcome discomfort during air travel.
  5. To break the thumb sucking habit.

What does Science say about using Pacifier?

Indian doctors do not recommend thumb sucking and below are some reasons which shall help you decide on it.

  1. Interferes in Breastfeeding 

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    Early introduction of Pacifiers will reduce the stimulation and in turn, mothers will produce less breast milk. Hence it is advised to never introduce pacifiers before 6 weeks of age. When babies are introduced solids post 6 months they tend to breastfeed to satisfy their sucking reflux than filling their stomach. Most of the time when they habituate pacifiers they breastfeed less missing on the most important nutrition.

  2. Nipple Confusion 

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    Pacifiers are artificial nipples and can easily create nipple confusion. It implies that these babies will have latching issues and further will be forced to bottle feed or formula feed.

  3. Dependence

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    Babies getting used to anything unnatural can cost a lot on their health and behavior. It will become very difficult to wean them off these Pacifiers.

  4. Dental Troubles
    When a baby gets habituated of sucking regularly on a Pacifier his teeth structure can get compromised. Speech-language professionals also claim that there have been reports of speech disorders in kids where prolonged use of pacifiers was observed for more than 2-3 years. 

  5. Germs & Infections
    Hygiene is the main factor to be considered while using anything artificial. With pacifiers easily being exposed to germs it can lead to various health issues mainly hampering gut health. Babies can easily pass on oral thrush to mom’s nipples.

  6. Lowers Weight Gain
    Many a time’s babies try to satisfy their hunger by sucking nipples and eventually they burnt out more energy without gaining any nutrition. And when at breast they drink less as they are left with no or fewer calories to suck from the breast. This naturally leads to lowering weight gain in babies.

  7.    Ear Infections

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    The sucking motion associated with pacifier use hinders the proper functioning of the Eustachian tube or middle ear functioning. This leads to fluid collection in the ear causing ear infections in babies.

  8.  Choking Hazard

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    Pacifiers come in 2 or 3 part models. There are chances that the pacifier breaks apart and the nipple may be a possible choking hazard when babies can easily swallow it.

Do’s and Don’ts while using Pacifiers

  1. Don’t introduce Pacifiers before 6 weeks and break the habit before they are 10 months old.
  2. Do use the best quality BPA free Pacifier and replace it more often.
  3. Don’t use any sweeteners on these pacifiers.
  4. Do limit the offering and sterilize it more often.
  5. Don’t tie the pacifier around the neck and throw it when damaged.

How to break the habit?

  1. Break the habit as early as 8 months.
  2.  The time it right – not during any growth spurt or phase.
  3. Start by limiting usage.
  4. Calm them by breastfeeding, distraction, or by using other toys.
  5.  Keep them close – hug or storytelling.

Any habit is difficult to break. Why create a habit for your baby when you know there is more bad than good to it. It’s a non-nutritive addiction and I would say NO to it. Breastfeeding is the best. None of the drawbacks mentioned above can be ever associated with breastfeedings like hygiene, addiction, or ear infection. So stay strong, go all gaga about breastfeeding but NO PACIFIERS.

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Can I use Pacifier for Baby? Are artificial nipples or soothers good?

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