- Breast-pacifier confusion: what are we talking about?
- Sucking: an essential role in babies
- Solutions, always solutions for your baby
Are you breastfeeding, are you going to breastfeed or have you breastfed? So you have probably already heard of the breast-pacifier confusion . It could occur in breast-fed babies to whom we also decide to give a bottle to drink or a pacifier to sleep . But, what do we know about breast-pacifier confusion? Does it really exist? Can babies really mistake a pacifier for their mother's breast? If so, where does this problem come from? How to identify it and what solutions to provide?
Breast-pacifier confusion: what are we talking about?
Over young parents of a breastfed infant, breast-pacifier confusion hovers like a legend. Accused of almost all ills, but above all of complicating and even putting an end to breastfeeding, it could occur with the introduction of the bottle and, more rarely, the pacifier. “Confused” babies would then refuse to continue suckling the maternal breast to only accept the bottle.
In reality, from a physiological point of view, The link between bottle feeding and breastfeeding disruption has never been established . The breast-pacifier confusion would rather find its origin in an infant's difficulty in taking the breast, which would push him to prefer the bottle. Thus, the word “confusion” is particularly unsuitable for the phenomenon.
How do I know if my baby has breast-pacifier confusion?
Identifying breast-pacifier confusion is not easy. Above all, it is about putting your finger on a Sucking disorder in infants , babies or very young children. In practice, what adults call “breast-pacifier confusion” manifests itself in children in different ways.
- Baby gets angry when he is at the breast , cries, seems to refuse breastfeeding.
- He is unable, or no longer able, to take the breast correctly , which he takes and releases, takes and releases, or pinches, which can be painful.
These reactions can also be a sign of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), infant colic, or hidden pain or discomfort. If observing your baby is not enough to put you on the right track, consult your general practitioner or pediatrician. If you don't know them yet, you can also meet the association of lactation consultants , who can support you.
What if it was all a question of milk flow?
Because drinking from a bottle and breastfeeding are two very different things, just as some babies prefer breast milk to formula, others could develop a preference for the faster flow of milk given from a bottle . This can, for example, occur in cases of moderate lactation. Baby — despite his efforts to suckle — receives less milk from the breast than from the bottle and may therefore prefer the latter.
Breast-pacifier confusion: where can it come from?
The origin of breast-pacifier confusion is specific to each baby, to their birth, to their history. However, it seems that the most common causes are not directly linked to the introduction of a pacifier, but rather to:
- A lack of tongue mobility caused by a brake, particularly in the upper lip,
- of the tensions established during pregnancy or at the time of childbirth , which cause stiffness in the tongue, mouth or even head,
- A sucking and swallowing coordination disorder ,
- there prematurity of the baby,
- a reduction in breast milk production , etc.
Breast-pacifier confusion: what are the consequences?
Sucking: an essential role in babies
From archaic reflexes present from birth is suction. Acquired in utero, this capacity is used for feeding the infant, for relaxation and for many other things.
- At each feeding, the suction mechanism changes the intracranial pressure, which allows the shape of the skull to be modulated babies, whose bones (temporal, sphenoid and ethmoid bones in particular) at birth, are not fused. THE palate, it also develops to allow the correct placement of the teeth and the evolution of the airways.
- Sucking also accompanies development of the jaws and numerous facial muscles , of which it alone influences part of the physiognomy.
- When baby feeds, he must breathe through his nose . This form of breathing is the most effective for oxygenating the brain and activating the vagal system linked to relaxation.
Solutions for your baby
Getting back to the basics of breastfeeding
Once the source of the confusion has been identified, do not hesitate to start breastfeeding from scratch (or almost). Offer your child the breast often, day or night, but without insisting . You can also compress your chest a little to accentuate the expression of breast milk, and do this in a quiet place, one-on-one with your baby.
Imagining alternatives to the bottle
Little is known, but there are several ways to give a baby milk to drink. Depending on the age of the infant or child, they are more or less known and accessible.
- THE Lactation Assistance Device (DAL) allows you to avoid the use of pacifiers.
- There oral syringe Projects milk directly into baby's mouth, from the sides.
- There soft cup, spoon or bottle cup , allows older babies to drink by sucking the milk. The need for sucking being unsatisfied, breastfeeding becomes easier.
- THE glass or cup , in a sitting position from 6 months.
Renew the bottle/pacifier duo
Consult an osteopath
Gentle with the body and particularly attentive to the needs of babies, perinatal osteopathy is practiced from birth . GERD, infant colic or sucking difficulties , through slow and adapted manipulations, the therapist releases the accumulated energies and tensions to offer the infant better mobility.