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Breastfeeding and soothers...

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
Was in boots earlier today and was contemplating buying a pack of soothers for bump.

I used one for Georgia-Mae when i put her in her moses basket to sleep - however she used to push it out after about 10-15 mins but it seemed to ease her off to sleep.

I've read that soothers are proven to help reduce cotdeath and promote safe and healthy sleeping.

BUT....the tomee tipee and MAMS soothers both said that if you are planning to breastfeed, not to use soothers until baby is over 1 month old as breastfeeding needs to be established before the intorduction of a soother.

Any advice?

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
Err, we used a MAM soother (I liked the shape best) and used it for Sophie from about a week old when she was crying at night. As you know, I breastfeed too. She's never had a problem with feeding and using a soother (not at the same time of course Crazy ). Also, we used a bottle for expressed milk for Sophie from about 3 months so Mike could do feeds. I did try her on it beforehand because I had to give Infant Gaviscon and she adapted to the bottle easily and carried on breastfeeding fine. I may just be lucky though hun as I know they say the bottle can make the baby not want to breastfeed anymore but quite frankly, I think if they are BF and they are hungry, they will get back on no problem!

Sophie only uses the soother for about 15-30 minutes at night and if she's a bit fractious in the day to get her to settle down then she spits it out.

Hope that helps Kiss

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
Thanks Kristag - you really know how to set my mind at ease! Very happy I know not every baby is the same - but it's really helped! xx

i cannot believe how quickly time has gone since Sophie arrived.. Love

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
hayden used a soother from being born (midwife in hospital advised it against their advise IYKWIM) he just would not settle on his own, he was breast fed.
he was fine feeding and using soother, he changed on to bottle quite easy too (from what i was told lol)

also i was in scbu once visitin a friends premmie baby, and on the wall was something sayin they would offer a premmie baby a soother to help the practise the sucking action for feeding, so dont see why it should be a problem (that was 3years ago like they coulda changed their minds)

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
We did not have them with Jack in the begining but we do now. The MW did say that he needs to learn how to get on the breast first. But now they are a life saver Very happy

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
Thanks Very happy Very happy

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
i think if your going to use it for 5 mins whilst you do something its fine

baby may not even take one

charlie wont at all Confused

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
Breast feeding is very very vital for atleast couple of months before you introduce the kid to soothers.

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
We gave Jamie a dummy, after that he had to be spoon fed as he refused to take any bottle at all, spoon feeding someone for 18 months is not fun!

posted 1 decade 5 years ago
If a newborn baby seems to need a soother, offer it a feed!!!!!!!!
Soothers are there to placate babies but if the infant is tiny I have no idea why folks wouldn't just respond to the needs and give him or her a breastfeed........

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