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Ladies,

A word about pacifiers: Several mothers have come to Best Start the last few days very worried about their milk supply. They are very intent on how often and long they SHOULD nurse their babies during the day. When asked they all say they were warned “Don’t let that baby use you as a pacifier,” so when the baby lingers at the breast for a feeding, or wants to breastfeed again just a short while after ‘finishing’, they rely on the pacifier to prevent the awful consequences of being “used as a pacifier.”
They are drinking gallons of water, drinking Mother’s Milk Tea, and willing to use a breastpump more to increase their milk supply but afraid of allowing the baby to breastfeed more than the prescribed time.

Please understand that pacifiers are a recent invention. Most mothers throughout history have not had them available nor had ways to keep them clean all the time.
Babies want to suck a lot because they are made that way, and that is what makes a mother have lots of milk. Frequent sucking with Mom stimulates her milk supply to keep growing with baby’s growth.

The most frequent complaint mothers call us with is low milk supply or fear of low milk supply. Don’t be afraid of spoiling your baby by breastfeeding a lot. Your baby is designed to breastfeed a lot and you are designed to respond and make lots of milk.

If you don’t have The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding come get a copy at Best Start or your public library. A good understanding of what we call “supply and demand” will help you respond when people admonish you not to let your baby “use” you. Your baby “uses” you for everything! Your baby can’t do anything by himself for months.

Your baby is “using you as a mother”.
Don’t let your baby “use a pacifier as a mother”. He/she needs you!

Jane

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