Pacifiers?

“When can I use a pacifier?” Almost every new mom asks us this question. So what is the answer?  At Nourish we see newborn babies suck on just about anything…their thumb, fingers, their mama’s arm, really anything they can attach too!  The high suck need of a newborn is best served on the mama’s breast to stimulate milk production and increase bonding between mama and baby. Thankfully the The American Academy of Pediatrics gives us some guideliness to pass onto you.  The AAP recommends that  you should delay pacifier introduction in the breastfed infant until 1 month of age to ensure that breastfeeding is firmly established. Please see the below link if you want to read more about pacifier use. Please keep in mind that this is a recommendation for the healthy, term baby that is with mom.

Here is the link so you can check it out if you like:

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/pediatrics;116/5/1245.pdf

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