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i am curious why pacifiers will effect BF as a birth control...i understand the use of bottles, because it interrupts you feeding your baby frequently, but how is a pacifier different from your baby sucking on hands or fingers. my son used a pacifier maybe 6 times, less then 2o minutes a time, when he was around 2 mo. because he was wanted to keep sucking but not on my breast. he didn't really dig it, so he has been using his hands and fingers ever since. he sucks the hell out of those fingers...i am not using BF as my birth control, but i am curious. thanks!
 

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The idea is that if your baby is meeting his sucking needs by using a pacifier he won't be spending as much time at the breast. He'll suck to meet his nutritional needs, but not necessarily his sucking needs since he'll have the pacifier between feedings. Decreased time at the breast means decreased stimulation of the breast. Hormone levels drop and the chance of ovulation occurring increases.<br><br>
If he's sucking a lot on his fingers, hands, etc. it would be the same thing.<br><br>
Some women can be more sensitive to the slight decrease in nursing times than others. Then there are those (like me) whose babes did all their sucking at the breast (and met the other criteria such as co-sleeping, nursing at least every 4 hours, etc.) and still had fertility return early.
 

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thanks for this question, I have one to add if it's ok...<br><br>
My DS sometimes refuses the breast but DH can give him the bink and he is happier. I am not using my BFing as birth control but still interested in the effects that the bink is having.
 

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DS used a paci from about 2 months to almost 6mo (weened himself). He would nurse then pull off then go to nurse and would get upset that milk came so I'd just give him the paci and he'd be so happy. Most of the time he'd suck on it to go to sleep while I was holding him right after eating. He eats about every 2 hours round the clock (sometimes 3 but that's rare) and I'm not fertile at 6 1/2mo pp.<br>
I admit that I felt somewhat guilty about using a paci cause it wasn't the "natural" thing to do, but I knew my baby and that's what he needed/wanted. He kept him happy and that's what I'm all about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Dr Sears Book said to wean them from it at 4-5mo, but he still needed it. Then it turned into a toy to him and I stopped giving it to him a few weeks ago and haven't used it since.
 

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thanks for the info...my son was the same in the sense that he would want to keep sucking but he would get mad at the fact that i couldn't turn off th milk. wouldn't that be nice? anyway, i felt guilty about it too, but you know we all gotta do what we can. my main thing was that if he insisted on usingthe pacifier that i would always be holding him while he did use it, and holding it in for him so that he was still getting the nurturing from me...that made me feel better.
 

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so many people see the paci as evil <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Some babies really need a paci because they NEED to suck all the time and it is not possible to nurse 24/7<br>
Both my girls BF and had pacis till 1 1/2yrs old, (past 4 months they only had it at nap times or when teething was really bothering them) besides that it never effected my milk supply and didnt effect their nursing<br>
I do see it as the same as sucking a finger, they just need to suck and its OK IMHO
 

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Pacifiers can sometimes lead to nursing strikes and premature weaning. It often starts just like you describe--baby refuses the breast and is calmed by the pacifier...and then, baby comes to see the pacifier as more comforting or preferable to the breast...baby refuses the breast most or all of the time.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I don't see them as evil, but I do see them as unnecessary and potentially harmful to the breastfeeding relationship--you have to decide if that is a risk you're willing to take. A pacifier will not always cause problems for breastfeeding, but you can't know if it will until after the problems have started.
 

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I want to clarify my last statement...as when I just reread it I realized it didn't sound accurate. DS gets upset when he just feels the need to suck and milk comes out, he actually loves to nurse and can be on the breast for an hour at a time if he choses to be leisurly in his feeding...(my boy enjoys just laying around nursing...lol)
 
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