Having a bit of a dilemma at the moment for little baby Darcey. She’s been feeling under the weather with a bad cold and all she wants to do is feed. Although she’s not really feeding more like using me for comfort as the sucking action makes her feel better. When she’s not on me she’s trying to suck her hands all the time.
We’ve got a couple of dummies in the house so I’ve popped them in the steriliser to see if she’ll take them and give her and me a little bit f relief even if it is only momentarily. She’s started to be really sick the last few days, I’m not sure if this is due to the cold or the start of reflux. I’m hoping it’s the cold as her brothers had really bad reflux and I don’t want her to have to go through that. Either way the constant sucking and swallowing is taking away the horrible taste in her mouth is seems.
She’ll take the dummy for about 10 minutes and it calms her down, but them she’s not interested and get’s upset again. She does want the comfort and not the milk, I know she’s getting a good amount of milk and putting weight on.
So is it good to start giving her a dummy or bad?
These are all the thought’s going round in my head;
- Am I making a rod for my own back?
- Should I continue to try and get her to use the dummy?
- Should I perceiver and try to get her to self soothe without a dummy?
- Does giving her a dummy mean I’ll have to constantly get up and put it back in making my life harder?
The boys had dummies but I can’t remember if I gave them this young and I wasn’t trying to exclusively breastfeed with them. Also they’re 7 & 8 now and it seems the advice and guidelines have completely changed since they were newborns..
What did you all do, would love to get some advice?