With Skibbles breastfeeding in the beginning was far from easy. While I thought it was going to be a walk in the park, it was far from it. While we pushed forward and I’m still nursing her at 2 1/2 years old, those first 6 weeks were brutal. Andrew and I had agreed early on that we didn’t want to introduce pacifiers. He didn’t want her to get attached to something like that and I didn’t want to risk any nipple confusion. Yet, I vividly recall one evening, around 4 weeks old, that Skibbles was just constantly nursing. I knew from doing research that she was going through a growth spurt and a developmental period where she also needed to comfort nurse, however, my breasts were sore, I needed a break, and nothing else was soothing her. I gave in a decided I would offer a pacifier. NOOO GOOO. She wanted nothing to do with it. We tried all five varieties we were given at our baby shower. While we eventually found a routine for comfort and soothing that involved swaddling, babywearing, and even comfort nursing after applying so much nipple cream, part of me still wished just for brief periods of time she’d accept a pacifier. At 2 1/2 years old, she now plays with/chews on a pacifier more than she ever did when I wanted her too. Got to love the mind of a child.
With just weeks away from baby #2 being here, I do hope that I have an easier time if we wish to give a pacifier this time around. Luckily, we just learned about tommee tippee pacifiers and their new design that have a nipple shape to be more like a mom’s breast. We didn’t have these to try last time, so I’m excited about them this time around. Not only do they come in a wider variety of adorable designs and vibrant colors, but they are sized specifically for babies from 0-18 months.
There are 4 styles — Every day, fun style, nighttime, and air style. Each style has at least 7 different designs. The new pacifiers can be purchased at Target, Babies R Us, Amazon, and more.
I will definitely be weighing in about these if they work for us once the new baby arrives if we decide to use pacifiers.