I have a 4-month old baby, whenever she cries, I know immediately that she is hungry. So, I feed her. I noticed sometimes that she is starting to suck on her fingers, I find it adorable watching her doing that. My sister suggested to give her a pacifier. I'm wondering, is okay with her age? What is the appropriate age range? Also, I'm doubting to give her one since it might have an effect on her gums. Will there be?
For me, personally, I would prefer that my baby simply suck on their fingers or thumb. Also, are you saying that she does this and then you feed her? I ask, because chewing on fingers is an early sign of hunger. Since I assume she is not on solids yet at only four months, you may not want to interfere with on demand feeding at this point.
However, if you want to give her a pacifier, considering that she is four months old, I think it would be fine. There are some studies to suggest that pacifiers may decrease the odds of SIDS. If you are breastfeeding, you are likely past the point where a pacifier would greatly effect your supply or cause nipple confusion. Do keep in mind that studies have shown, breastfed children who uses pacifiers tend to wean earlier. Also, long term use can affect her orthodontic structure, though most children give up their pacifiers long before they get to that point, which I believe is well past a year.
There are pros and cons of pacifier usage. If you are managing without a pacifier and she has found her fingers to be an appropriate substitute, you may just want to stick with that.
Well, my baby sucks on her fingers even if she is not hungry. I mean, she does it all the time. Does that mean anything? I tried to give her a pacifier and it seems that she does not like it at all. She prefers her fingers.
She probably just has a high need to suck, as many babies do. It is perfectly normal. My children always preferred their fingers to the pacifier as well. I think fingers may be easier to give up so you could be saving yourself a bit of a headache in the long run by skipping the pacifier.
Yes, my baby really enjoys her fingers than her pacifier. So I just let her do her thing and I removed the pacifier from her. I also have read some articles that it is better to let you babies talk and let her vocalize her "words" rather than giving her pacifiers to exercise her skills in talking even though at a very young age.
My baby doesn't like dummies. :( Every time I attempt to let her suck one, she would spit it out. Is there any advantage for my daughter for not depending on any dummy?
My babies didn't like dummies either. Sometime I could get them to use it for a very short time, but that was before they were 5 months of age, and they never got "attached". They just wanted me :-)
Is there a benefit to your baby not wanting a dummy? Absolutely!
Are you still breastfeeding? Does she take a bottle? I noticed that you asked a question about your period not returning yet, and fully breastfeeding a baby (without using a dummy) can contribute to this. So I am curious as to whether your baby takes a bottle or a cup or if she is fully breast feeding.
Baby's that have a dummy receive less breastmilk than those who do not have a dummy. Just a fact I thought I'd share.
Well said aussiemidwife! :) I do believe in that. Aside from the breastmilk that your baby receives, there is also an advantage of not using dummies since your baby will be more attached to you and you can have that bond that mothers and babies usually have.
I agree charibelle_925. Breastfeeding does not just provide for a baby's nutritional needs it also gives them comfort and helps them to develop self-confidence (particularly if you breastfeed on demand, I believe).
I love this quote by Paula Yount who is a well-known breastfeeding specialist:
"You are not a pacifier; you are a Mum. You are the sun, the moon, the earth, you are liquid love, you are warmth, you are security, you are comfort in the very deepest aspect of the meaning of comfort.... but you are not a pacifier!"
How great is that?! When my son was just one day old in hospital an unhelpful midwife who was meant to be assisting me with breastfeeding kept saying 'stop using your mummy as a dummy' to my newborn baby. Honestly! My son was one day old and we were both trying to learn the new skill of breastfeeding. I wish I had known more about breastfeeding back then and told her what I think now! :p
I love that quote! Thanks for sharing it with us! :o