Pacifiers

For many years I didn’t use a pacifier. My grandmother had been completely against them along with the other conveniences that they’ve come up with for babies…walkers, swings, whatever else. My mother pretty much followed in her footsteps and I, my mother’s. All of our children caught whooping cough when our fifth baby was only 4 months old. It was a very scary time. We learned a lot and one thing we actually found useful was a pacifier. In fact, it became a necessity. As soon as she would begin waking up she would be thrown into a fit of coughing. If we could quickly get her sucking then she would be fine. We were so concerned with just keeping her alive that the task of breaking the habit of the pacifier seemed menial. In the end it was nothing we had to concern ourselves with anyhow. At 6 months she realized exactly what a pacifier was for and she was NOT to be pacified! She wanted the real thing…food. So I’ve since relaxed a tad on this issue. I have used it a few times for Levi already while changing his diaper. Some people believe in letting a baby cry because it’s for their lung development, or some such crazy theory. I happen to strongly disagree. As your milk comes in it will not hurt as much to nurse. And at only a few days old they will usually nurse until they are satisfied and stop or fall asleep. You most likely will still be left with tons of milk if you are experiencing engorgement. Give it another day or so and your milk supply will begin to regulate according to the needs of the baby. So I allow him to nurse as long as he wills. This will change as he gets to be even a few weeks old.

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