Elizabeth seems to be self-weaning from her pacifier. Not only was she sick with a stuffy nose a few weeks ago, making it difficult for her to nurse or take a paci, but she has also reached a developmental milestone at the same time which interferes with the pacifier’s intended purpose. She likes to reach up and pull it out of her mouth and inspect it before chucking it as far as she can, lol. She has accepted it a handful of times since her cold, but mostly she’s rejecting it and we’re having to adjust our routines accordingly.
I’m sad to see it go, but I guess it’s better that it goes now rather than later when parent-imposed weaning would, no doubt, be harder. But, oh, it had a good run! From the third morning in the hospital, when I finally asked the lactation consultant for one because Elizabeth had nursed for literally HOURS non-stop for the second night in a row, I needed relief. And she happily took the brand that they had. I may have hated the look of the soothie pacifier initially, what with the way you can see inside the baby’s mouth, but it was a hit with her and my cracked/bleeding nipples were more than thankful. The lactation consultant (who was a sweetheart!) agreed that there are specific situations (like Elizabeth’s nursing marathons) when giving a pacifier so early is helpful and not detrimental to the nursing relationship when used sparingly. She was happy and nursed like normal during the day but she needed to suck a lot at night (at least before my milk came in) and I couldn’t comfortably oblige. I wish I had given her a paci after the first night instead of the second because it would have probably prevented the severe pain while nursing that followed and continued for over a week. Had I not known from past breastfeeding experiences that it would eventually be comfortable and lovely, I would have stopped right then, thinking that nursing was just too painful for me. Nipple pain is no joke!
She continued to take the pacifier once we were home without any interference with breastfeeding. ^_^ I even bought a second one while we were out for my midwife (incision check) appointment several days later so that I had a backup if I couldn’t find the first or if it were dirty. She gained weight well and never had nipple confusion. I could nurse and burp her, and then put her in bed or the bouncer if it was naptime, and if she struggled to settle, I could give her the pacifier and she was instantly soothed. I think the use of it also attributed to her being such a good sleeper at night, but you never know. And it helped her tremendously in the carseat!
Yep, I love soothies. I think they’re great! I was happy to nurse when she was hungry (as is evident by her having doubled her birth weight!) but the paci has been a lovely addition to her baby care. ♥