The debate over the stigma of pacifiers is useless for moms dealing with reflux. If there's something out there that might help; it's worth the time to check out.
The concept of pacifiers helping babies with reflux and spitup revolves around stimulating the flow of saliva and downward contractions of the esophagus to help keep the stomach contents where they belong.
Dr. Sear's mentions pacifiers in his "17 Ways to Treat Reflux," but offers several counterpoints to consider:
"..While the most effective pacifiers will be your touch and your holding, some infants with GER are helped by the frequent use of pacifiers. Non-nutritive sucking can often ease reflux. This is why breastfeeding mothers often find that their babies with GER want to “nurse constantly.” (Yet, some babies with severe GER refuse to feed often because they associate feeding with pain.) Frequent sucking stimulates saliva production, which, as described above, eases the irritation of reflux. Yet, vigorously sucking on pacifiers aggravates GER in some infants by increasing air swallowing..."
WhattoExpect.com also weighs in on the pros and cons of the pacifier overall, as yet another big decision in the sea of infant care craziness.
For this mama, the jury is still out on how much the pacifier use helps. I've used them from day one with both of my boys; but only the second has reflux. I do give it to my baby at naptimes and bedtime as recommended, as well as right after feedings while he's propped up for the half hour. He still spits up...but maybe it would be worse without the pacifier/prop treatment. For his sake, It's not something I'm willing to test out.
Did you choose to use pacifier and do you feel it helps with reflux?
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