The Child Refuses To Breastfeed Using A Pacifier?

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My child is 10 months old, if I give a pacifier that does not resemble the mother’s nipple, will my child be confused about the nipple? Because he is now breaking down to drink a pacifier, which resembles a mother’s nipple because the hole is too small, how do I fix this? So that my child will drink a lot of LG breast milk on the pacifier ?

1 Answer:

Hi Iis,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Using a pacifier is often used as a solution for mothers to be able to breastfeed their babies without the need to be with them directly, for example for reasons of work, illness, fatigue, and so on. This action is actually not completely wrong, but also cannot be 100% justified.

You need to know, improper use of a pacifier can lead to various negative effects, such as:

Confuse the baby with the nipple Makes the baby bloated, burps frequently, passes gas frequently, and experiences colic due to the ingestion of excessive gas into the digestive tract Increases the risk of the baby choking Increases the risk of the baby having infections and inflammation of the ears and respiratory tract Increases the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Interferes with the development of teeth, gums, and jaw. Makes babies dependent and difficult to release, etc. To overcome babies who are difficult to breastfeed, as well as to avoid confusion with the nipples, you should replace your breastfeeding medium with a more appropriate medium, for example feeder cups, spoons, a pipette, or a syringe that has had the needle removed. In this way, babies who are 10 months old can generally be proficient at breastfeeding and not experience nipple confusion. It takes a long process, to get the baby accustomed to adapting to the new breastfeeding medium. However, with patience and strong consistency, this is not impossible. You can breastfeed your baby regularly every 2 hours, don't wait for him to be too thirsty, causing him to cry a lot because he feels impatient.

If the steps above have not succeeded in overcoming your breastfeeding problem, do not hesitate to consult directly with your doctor or lactation consultant doctor.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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