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Breastfeeding difficulty and pacifier use.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12035966     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Research about pacifiers used in the healthy, term infant shows that they are associated with shortened breastfeeding duration, acute otitis media, and may be a marker for breastfeeding difficulty. This case study describes a situation where latch was faulty from the beginning, and a pacifier was introduced when the thriving baby was two and a half weeks old. The baby's average number of daily feeds dropped from 14 breastfeeds a day to nine breastfeeds. The baby's rate of weight gain dropped from 1135 g (2 lb 7 oz) gain in the first 16 days of life, down to a gain of 180 g (6 oz) over the next 15 days. The baby's fussiness and the mother's nipple soreness disappeared after a lactation consultant helped the mother to correct the latch and stop using the pacifier. While it is not possible to say that the pacifier caused slower weight gain, less frequent breastfeeds or nipple soreness, it would seem to be implicated in the changes.
Lee Nikki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0729-2759     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Rev     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-30     Completed Date:  2002-06-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616903     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Rev     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-3     Citation Subset:  K    
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Infant Care / methods*
Infant, Newborn
Nipples / injuries
Weight Gain

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