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The best dummies for breastfed babies

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The best dummies for breastfed babies

Finding the best dummy for your baby isn't an easy task. Suckling is a basic instinct for newborn babies, both for feeding and comfort; if you are breastfeeding your baby, you'll want to find a soother that is similar to the texture of your nipples.

In this article:

  • Philips 2 Pack AVENT Soothie Pacifier
  • NUK Genius Baby Dummies
  • Philips Avent Classic Soother 0-6 Months
  • The First Years 2 Pack GumDrop Newborn Pacifier
  • MAM Night Soothers 0+ Months
  • Chicco Soft ergonomic silicone dummy
  • Tommee Tippee Fun Night Time (Pack of 2)

Sometimes babies can suffer from 'nipple confusion', as they struggle to switch from a dummy back to your nipple and vice-versa. 

To help you work out what is best for you and your baby, we've summed up the best dummies for breastfed babies on the market.


  • Perfect for newborns
  • Made of hospital-grade silicone
  • It's super-soft
  • Made from a soft, flexible silicone
  • With a soft, flexible teat
  • Naturally shaped, this dummy is developed with dental health experts to simulate the feel of a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding
  • Perfect for newborns
  • Developed with your baby's palate, teeth and gums in mind
  • Good for newborns, but best after one month
  • Made of BPA-free, Latex-free and Phthalate-free silicone
  • It's super-soft
  • Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Made from soft silicone
  • It’s great for healthy jaw and teeth development; it glows in the dark, making it easier for your little one to find at night-time.
  • It's best for babies over three months
  • Made from silicone
  • It’s super-soft
  • Made from BPA-free Silicone
  • Has a symmetrical orthodontic nipple, specially designed to help baby's acceptance

Ask Rachel: "Is it okay to give my baby a dummy?"

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Read more of what Rachel has to say here. 

How do you choose the best dummies for breastfed babies?

  • The dummies need to be made of latex, and be BPA- and phthalate-free.
  • The dummies need to be sized and shaped for your baby's mouth - always check the advised age range.
  • The dummies need to leave your baby's nose free.
  • The dummies need to be taste-free and odourless.
  • It’s better to invest on a dummy approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.

baby sucking dummyHow to use dummies 

  • Limit for how long your baby uses a dummy.
  • Most experts advise starting using a dummy only after baby is at least one month old and preferably getting them used to it once your baby is feeding well.
  • Don’t give a dummy dipped in sweet foods, like honey or juices.
  • Try to use an orthodontic or flat dummy; some research suggests they are better for tooth development.
  • Don’t force your baby to use a dummy; if they don't want it, let it be.

If you aren’t sure how to use a dummy, read more here: when is it right or wrong to use a dummy?

Pros and cons of using a dummy for breastfed babies

Pros of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Dummies can prevent your baby from sucking their thumb.
  • Dummies are also called pacifiers, as they can calm your baby.
  • You can use a dummy to distract your baby during vaccinations.
  • If your baby has colic, using a dummy can keep them calm. 
  • Most premature babies are given a dummy.

Cons of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Sometimes dummies can interfere with breastfeeding; to avoid this, you need to make sure your baby is feeding well and gaining weight before introducing a dummy. 
  • It can be really hard to break the habit of using a dummy.
  • If your baby uses a dummy all day, it can be harder for them to communicate with you or begin to make sounds.

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Georgia Aspinall is senior features writer at Grazia UK, formerly at The Debrief. She covers news and features across women's health and fitness, sex and relationships, real-life stories, travel and politics.

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