Fast forward to DD2. Colicky from birth. Screaming inconsolably for hours every day. Nothing works. Refuses to nurse except when hungry. Soothed by nothing. Not holding, or rocking, or singing, or anything. Miserable all day long. Healthy and gaining VERY well (weighs 7 kilos at 3.5 months old), just colicky, whatever that really means.
And sucking on her fingers like a maniac most of the time, without it making her any happier. (DD1 is still a thumbsucker. I guess my breasts offer no comfort for my babes, just food)
The last straw: the baby sucks on her fingers while crying until she makes herself puke. That's it, I'm getting a paci!
And she loves it! It transforms her into a brand new happy peaceful baby, even when she's not using it! She laughs a lot and can be content being held in my lap and is relaxed and not wiry all the time. It's a godsend! And even her latch seems better and gentler (I got NUK's 'orthodontic' thingy).
So I wonder: what are the downsides to using a paci again? What do I have to be careful about? Any tips? Has anyone else used one?
I feel sort of scared and almost dirty using one, but my baby is so happy with it and I have to oblige. It's sad seeing your baby go happy and relaxed in your arms sucking on silicone instead of your breast, but it's sadder seeing said baby scream her head off when you offer said breast...