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Nursing for Comfort?

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My 11 week old was born to suck. Since day 1 he has wanted to suck constantly and nurse constantly. I didn't try a pacifier until he was around 5 weeks because I wanted to make sure he had his latching down, and he doesn't want to take them. If anything, he gnaws on them, no sucking. I don't want to deny him my breast, so that's not a problem. But I know there are mixed thoughts on using the breast as a pacifier. He's gaining weight healthily, but is at the bottom end of weight percentiles, so I'm not worried about him eating too much. I just am curious to hear some thoughts on the subject. He's started teething already and, even though nursing seems a bit more painful for him now, he still always wants to nurse when he's in pain or upset, so I feel like it's only going to increase. He sleeps well at night, so that's not an issue, either. I just am wondering why some people don't think it's a good idea to soothe baby with the breast. And this is not to say that I never stop nursing, either. Sometimes he will go an hour or maybe a little more without nursing. But sometimes he will nurse for an hour, as well. I never force him to stop or wait. I just keep nursing on demand.

post #2 of 9

My little one did this and to some extent still does this at 9 months.  We introduced a pacifier at 6 weeks for daycare purposes.  The pacifier holds him off a while until he can nurse, but doesn't really soothe him.  As he gets more mobile (almost walking), he is starting to want to nurse less frequently since he is so distracted.  I don't think there really is an issue with nursing on demand as you are doing.  In my case my son does really well at daycare with other caretakers and is soothed in other ways and he is starting to naturally nurse less frequently without any work on my part.  I think some people just think the baby won't be able to be soothed in other ways or may gain too much weight.  Sounds like you are doing a great job!

post #3 of 9
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Thanks! I think I'm doing the right thing. I believe very strongly in responding to my baby and this feels right to me. If he wants to nurse all day long, I am happy to accommodate him.

 

I found these articles on KellyMom today that were helpful, if anyone else is in the same boat:

http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/newborn-concerns/pacifier/

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/comfortnursing/

post #4 of 9

Yes, Jules, you have a kid who:

 

--sleeps well at night

--is gaining normally

--seems happy and attached to you

--is not addicted to a pacifier

 

You do not have a problem! Keep up the excellent work.

post #5 of 9
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Well, when you put it that way.... :-)
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by MichelleZB View Post

Yes, Jules, you have a kid who:

--sleeps well at night
--is gaining normally
--seems happy and attached to you
--is not addicted to a pacifier

You do not have a problem! Keep up the excellent work.

Absolutely! 11 weeks is SO young and there's nothing wrong with nursing for comfort for the duration of the nursi g relationship. My oldest weaned at 2 due to my second pregnancy and parenting without the boob as the magic cure all has been much harder. The breast is love and security for many babies and kids and theres nothing more natural than embracing and nurturing a little one who is under stress. You're doing wonderfully, mama! Keep it up!
post #7 of 9
Sounds good! If you feel you want a break from nursing, you could try wearing him in a wrap, a bit higher than the ones that have him right a boob height.
My first was like that ... a constant nurser. The only times she'd be content not to nurse for a short while were when I wore her higher up. I also got very good at nursing her in the carrier or wrap, so that I'd have my hands free while she nursed. She weaned at 3 yrs and some change.
Once your baby gets mobile, the constant nursing will ease up. I promise.
post #8 of 9
Yeah, DD1 was like that, she loved to nurse to eat and for comfort, it's actually weird with my twins because they mostly do not like to comfort suck at the breast. I actually tried to give her a pacifier right from the start and she still wouldn't take it, some babies just don't want 'em. As long as you are ok with it, there is nothing wrong with nursing for comfort. If it gets to be too much, it is also fine to comfort the babe in other ways, but if it works for you, go with it. Especially since it isn't interfering with night sleeping and your babe obviously knows how to comfort suck since he gaining weight healthfully.
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Appreciate all the support, mamas! Good to know we're doing well.

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