THE PACIFIER: ITS DRAWBACKS AND ALTERNATIVES

Many of you ask me whether or not it is advisable to give your baby a pacifier (poody or pacifier as you call it) especially when the mother is breastfeeding. So let’s see why I don’t advise you to use a pacifier. Although I don’t blame moms who have used this method at all, especially if it is only used occasionally.

THE FIRST DISADVANTAGE: BEWARE OF DAMAGE!

And not the least because, whether your child is breastfed or fed with artificial milk, the use of the soother will have the impact of a serious deformation, whether it is at the level of the dentition, (of the palate: the opinions are not all the same on this) and of the jaw. In addition, it can affect the articulation in the development of language.

The pacifier also prevents the contact of the tongue with the palate and the upper teeth, and the compressive action exerted by the cheeks during each suction is not properly balanced: the development in width of the jaw bone is slowed down while the palate cavity becomes deeper and more pronounced.

THE SECOND DISADVANTAGE: A DISASTER FOR BREASTFEEDING

Here again, a big negative point for breastfeeding moms since its use will necessarily have an impact on your breastfeeding and lactation. The use of the pacifier will disrupt the latch and may even cause breast and pacifier confusion, because the sucking action of the baby will not be the same as at the breast. It is also important to remember that the baby has a huge sucking need from birth, it is a completely natural thing to do, but responding to it with a pacifier will result in fewer feeds and a decrease in lactation.

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