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comfort nursing?...

what exactly is comfort nursing? i havnt heard of this before, and i am curious if my baby is doing this.


Asked by cnv13085 at 5:20 PM on Jun. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Comfort nursing is when you nurse your child when they are upset about something. It is only use for soothing them. Otherwise feeding on demand is the best way to go.

    Answer by coala at 5:27 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • Comfort nursing is not a negative thing, it builds supply and serves a purpose! A baby who isn't necessarily hungry will suckle to feel closeness, or to make a hurt go away, or for reassurance or to help them wind down. Because the breasts don't flow milk continuously, but in a series of let down, a baby who just wants a little comfort will suckle lightly, gently, sporadically. Whereas a ravenous baby will suck hard, vigorously, aggressively. A baby who is normal hungry/thirsty has a steady, medium suckle.

    All of these are normal. If someone says to you, "they are using you as a pacifier" the have it backwards! A pacifier is a breast substitute -- a mommy replacement. A breastfed baby does not have unneeded suckling behavior.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:29 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • are they just sucking without actually consuming milk during this? sometimes she'll act like she wants to feed but all i hear her doing is sucking but i dont think shes drinking any milk...

    Answer by cnv13085 at 5:30 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • The breasts are for comfort as well as nutrition. Pacifiers were invented to fill this need for babies who are bottle fed.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:32 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • yes

    Answer by staciandababy at 5:33 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • They will still get milk, its just not as much because let down is partly controlled by the frequency of suckling. And you won't always hear swallowing or feel let down, I don't.

    Answer by amileegirl at 5:37 PM on Jun. 21, 2010

  • thanks everyone.. apprieciate the feed back

    Answer by cnv13085 at 5:38 PM on Jun. 21, 2010