Posted in Breastfeeding, Babies

Do pacifiers interfere with breastfeeding? How do I get my new born to change her sleeping pattern?

  • Kate
    Apr 05

    To your first question: It seems like no one knows for sure if pacifiers interfere with breastfeeding. You’ll hear the term “nipple confusion” - this is the idea that if you introduce a pacifier too early, it may confuse the baby into wanting the pacifier more than your breast. However, I recently read that nipple confusion is largely a myth. And apparently there’s now more evidence that pacifiers can help prevent SIDS. (Sorry, I don’t have the sources, going off memory.) Bottom line: Do what works for you. Give it to her if needed, and if it seems to be causing a problem, back off and try again later. To your second question: Newborns can often get their days and nights confused - sleeping all day, then up all night. If that’s your situation, you want to make it really obvious for her: Keep it bright and active during the day (open curtains, have some noise, get outside for fresh air if you can), and very dark at night (lights off, windows covered, calm and quiet except for a white noise machine). Hope this helps!

  • B
    Apr 06

    Every baby reacts to pacifiers and bottles differently. The general consensus is that they are fine, but to wait a few weeks if you can. For sleeping patterns, it depends what you’re expecting. What’s her current pattern?

  • Michaelene
    Apr 06

    She’s up all night and sleeps all day. She will feed at night and fall asleep while feeding then when I go to put her down she’s awake and starting to cry

  • B
    Apr 06

    Sounds like days and nights are switched. Take Kate’s advice on noise and lights. And know that newborns usually wake up every 2-3 hours to feed at night