Help! My 14-week-old son sometimes prefers the pacifier to my breast.Infants are born with an intense need to suck, and sometimes they go through a stage
where the sucking need intensifies. It can be even more frustrating when, for
unexplained reasons, your baby prefers a pacifier to you.
To decrease your little one's dependence on the pacifier and woo him back to
- Feed him more frequently. Sucking on a pacifier won't meet your
baby's nutritional needs.
- Eliminate distractions during nursing. At this age, your infant 's
more acute visual development makes him more easily distractible during nursing,
so that he becomes Mr. Suck-a-Little-Look-a-Little. At feeding time, take him
into a quiet room and get down to the business of nursing.
- Establish a routine. A daily nap-nursing routine has worked for our
family. At least twice a day lie down with your baby and nap nurse – much like
you did when he was a newborn. This peaceful reconnection in a quiet room is
likely to bring him back to the breast.
- Offer your finger. Periodically, let your baby suck on your finger
instead of the pacifier – even during the nap-nursing time – if he doesn't want
- Try nursing on the move. When one of our babies went through a
similar nursing quirk, Martha wore him around the house in a babysling and
nursed him frequently while she tended to other things.