How to get baby to take pacifier instead of breast
Our experience as new breastfeeding mothers often leads us to believe that all the time our baby spends at the breast is valuable since he is drinking milk, growing, and causing our breasts to drain for milk production. However, we should recognize that not all breast time is created equally.
You can choose a pacifier that is appropriate for your infant’s age or stage of development. You will find many fancy and well-decorated pacifiers on the market.
In addition to indicating the packaging contains an infant or neonate rating, the packaging should state whether or not the nipple is an imitation breast nipple or an artificial nipple.
When choosing pacifiers, opt for one-piece models instead of two-piece models so the pieces won’t fall apart. Some pacifiers have wide bases, which means that your baby ought to be able to breathe through them.
How to get a breastfed baby to take a pacifier
Using the pacifier when your baby is calm and content is the best practice. You should not wait until she is crying or upset before using it. Place the pacifier on her cheek and she will suckle. This is a natural reflex your baby has.
After introducing the pacifier again, dip it into breast milk or formula, or warm it up in your hand before placing it on the infant’s mouth. Repeat these steps each time for a few minutes.