When we talk about giving a pacifier for a breastfed baby, we should mention that there is a great difference between your natural breast nipple and the artificial pacifier nipple.
The next tips and tricks to get your breastfed baby to take a pacifier are mainly dependant on decreasing the massive gap between the natural pacifier “your nipple” and the artificial one.
- Not all breastfed babies accept the pacifier. So, don’t enforce but at the same time be patient and try for 3-4 days.
- After purchasing a pacifier for your breastfed baby, you must make a crucial safety test to avoid any choking or suffocation hazards to your newborn. This test is called pacifier pull test check the procedure in our infographic about the pacifier safety test.
1-The best pacifier for breastfed babies who spit them out is the tasty one
The taste/smell/feel of your natural breast nipple is incomparable as we said before.
Whatever the material of the pacifier teat “silicone, rubber, or latex” is still far from the natural skin texture/taste for your breastfed baby.
Extract some drops of your delicious breast milk up on the pacifier before giving it to your infant.
This little trick is to add a pleasant/familiar taste to the pacifier. So, your breastfed baby chances to spit the soother out is diminished.
2-Your breastfed baby is not taking a pacifier because you are here
Your child is smart enough to detect your smell.
Once he does, he expects the natural nipple of your breast.
Pacifier actionable tip
Your spouse may play a helpful role by introducing the pacifier to your breastfed baby particularly in the first times.
3-Why won’t my breastfed baby take a pacifier? Because of the bad timing
Your breastfed baby may refuse/reject the pacifier when he is hungry, even if he starts to show the early hungry cues “finger sucking, head rooting and so on.”
- Before giving your breastfed baby a pacifier, wait from 4 to 6 weeks until your breast milk supply is well established.
- Never to introduce the pacifier to replace a breastfeeding session.
- The best timing to introduce the pacifier for your breastfed baby is before sleeping time “day or night.” It is believed that pacifier use before sleeping time may protect your baby from what is called SIDs “Sudden Infant Death syndrome” or ” Cot death.”
4-Your breastfed baby will not take a pacifier because the pacifier nipple shape
Generally, pacifier nipple has numerous shapes, and the most popular forms are:
- The famous rounded nipple
- The orthodontic nipple
Although your breast nipple is rounded, during baby sucking the nipple is turned into the orthodontic shape inside his mouth.
First, try the rounded nipple pacifier. Keep trying if your baby is spitting it out. Move on the orthodontic one if the trials failed for more than 2 days.
5-Your breastfed baby doesn’t take pacifier because it is cold
Your nipple is warmer than any other artificial nipple. Your nipple is at the normal body temperature 37° C = 98.6° F while the pacifier is at the room temperature 25° C = 77° F.
- Warm it first by placing pacifier for a couple of minutes under the tap water.
- Or soak the pacifier into a bowel with warm water.
Don’t forget to squeeze the pacifier to evacuate the entrapped water before giving it to your baby.
6-Breastfed baby doesn’t want a pacifier as he is using your breast as a pacifier
Your breast is the natural pacifier for your breastfed baby. And if you noticed there are sometimes your breastfed baby is sucking without gaining of milk ” no swallowing sounds.”
This sucking is for joy not for food, and it is called Non-Nutritive Sucking “NNS”, and it has a bunch of benefits for your breastfed baby.
So, your smart infant prefers the natural pacifier rather than the artificial one. But in the case of nipple soreness, you should seek some rest for your nipple to get time to heal.
Start with breast then shift to the pacifier later.
7-Your breastfed baby suddenly stopped to take the pacifier
The sudden pacifier refusal may be due to:
- Your breastfed baby gets older, and the size of the pacifier is smaller than what he expects.
- The pacifier had cracks or fissures upon the regular use and cleaning.
8-Try the next tricks to make your breastfed baby accepts the pacifier
- Change the atmosphere by playing some music-singing-clicking fingers sound.
- Change the room that you used to breastfeed in.
- Get out the house at daytime to get some distraction ” Birds sounds, sunshine…etc”
- Modify the position of your breastfed baby between lying down and semi-upright position.
Summary: How to introduce a pacifier to a breastfed baby?
Teach your baby to accept that new/strange nipple by doing the following:
- Add a familiar taste ” breast milk droplets on it.”
- Try to make another family member to introduce the pacifier” Dad help.”
- Use the pacifier at the right time ” Never replace a breastfeeding session.”
- Start with the rounded nipple and shift to other shapes later.
- Make the pacifier nipple warm to mimic the natural nipple of you
- Introduce your breast first then move to the pacifier
- Regularly, check the pacifier for any fissures or color change before breastfed baby use.