Nursing / Pacifiers

When do you think a child is too old to nurse or take a pacifier? I've heard of women nursing children who were over six years old! Sorry, but that is way too old for me! I've seen four and five-year-olds sucking on a pacifier. I think they're beyond the stage where they need a pacifier.

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    05/06/14
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    05/06/14
    A few years ago, I taught special ed at my church's school. When I went to the dentist, I told the secretary about a first grade boy who had terrible teeth. They were rotten -- even his front teeth! She said that is caused by taking a bottle too long. So, I don't judge either, but I think that nursing/pacifiers can hurt a child sometimes more than help him.
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      05/06/14
      Beth
      Nursing - I say as long as the child wants to nurse and the mother feels comfortable with it. If Mom doesn't feel comfortable with it, or the child wants to stop and Mom forces them to continue I think it's time to stop but if both of them are happy with the relationship I don't see any reason to stop.
      Pacifiers - Unless there are some extreme circumstances, I think kids should be weaned off their pacifier around 1 year - 18 months. Pacifiers can start to change a child's teeth and can do some pretty serious damage to their teeth (I've seen it first hand). However, pacifiers can be a huge comfort so if there are other things happening in the child's life - big life events like a new sibling, divorcing parents, a death in the family, a move, etc I think it's OK to extend pacifier use a little bit to help get them past the adjustment.
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        Miko was very colic for the first 5 to 6 months. She chose to stop breastfeeding at 2 months which had been a comfort to her and turned into something she refused so yes we gave her a pacifier and it became her comfort. She just turned one and still had it when she starts getting upset she will just put it in her mouth to calm down a lil bit and if she is tired or needed something to teeth on and has nothing else. I have not decided when to wean her off it because i don't feel she puts it in her mouth for no reason.
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        05/06/14
        I think she'll wean herself off of it, but I think some parents use a pacifier to shut their child up when the situation could have been solved otherwise. In other words, the pacifier becomes symbolic of happiness or comfort to the child. I read a book on child training years ago. The author said he thinks some people are alcoholics, smokers, or over eaters because, when they were little, a pacifier or bottle was shoved into their mouths whenever they cried. They associated being content with putting something in their mouths. It was an interesting theory.
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          I agree with you.. lol.. 6? Ugh.. no.. That's when you start to wonder who is attached to who?

          My goal nursing was 6 months.. I went 8.. with one and 2 weeks with my second.. Both kids are healthy and happy.. and neither have issues.. or more than the other.. in fact my breasted child has allergies.. my bottle baby does not.

          AS for pacifier.. around a year even sooner.. the pacifier was for sleep only.. always.. never out, never playing, never at the park.. sleeping and bed only..

          At 2 1/2 ish.. the "pacifier" fairy came and took them all and left a present.. we talked about ti for weeks.. made a pretty box and they ere done :)
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