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The best dummies for breastfed babies

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Finding the best dummies for breastfed babies is not an easy task. Suckling is a basic instinct for babies, both for feeding and comfort.

If your baby is being breastfed, it can be more difficult to find a good dummy, one that will be similar to your nipple's texture.

Sometimes babies will suffer from 'nipple confusion', as your baby struggles 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.

Before going into the options, please read some important information about everything you need to know before buying it:

What is a dummy for breastfed babies?

A dummy for breastfed babies is basically a nipple that babies can suck on.

Those nipples are different from the ones used on bottles, as they just bring comfort to the baby.

Mostly when your baby is crying for a long time and you don’t know what to do.

How do you choose the best dummies for breastfed babies?

First of all, as breastfed babies have a different behaviour compared to the babies fed by bottles, it's important to follow some advice below:

  • The dummies need to be made of Latex, BPA and Phthalate Free. (Even the plastics ones are softer than the silicone ones, you can’t use any type of plastic).
  • The dummies need to be sized and shaped for your baby's mouth.
  • 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.
  • Before deciding on your baby’s dummy, take a good look at your nipples and try to buy the similar one.

How to use the best dummies for breastfed babies?

  • Limit the time when your baby is using its dummy.
  • Where possible, use the dummy for breastfed babies before sleeping or when they are feeling unwell.
  • Most experts advise starting using a dummy only after the baby is at least one month old and preferably getting them used to it when your baby is eating well.
  • Most experts advise weaning your baby off his/her dummy around 12 months
  • Don’t give a dummy dipped in sweet foods, like honey or juices, this can harm your baby.
  • Don’t give it when your baby is hungry as it only will make him/her more agitated.
  • Prefer to use an orthodontic or flat dummy, as some pieces of evidence show that its better for teeth development.
  • Don’t force your baby to use a dummy, if he/she doesn’t it, let it be.
  • A dummy can’t be a replacement for other baby needs. Use it wisely.

If you aren’t sure how to use the best dummies for breastfed babies, read more: when is it right or wrong to use a pacifier?

When can you introduce a dummy for breastfed babies?

If you introduce dummy for breastfed babies to soon it can cause problems.

The best time is when you and your baby are totally comfortable breastfeeding. If you realise you (or/and your baby) aren’t ready to start using it, hold on.

There isn't a right date, but the one is better for you and the little one.

Pros and the cons of using a dummy for breastfed babies?

Although there are pros and cons of using dummies, many parents will turn to them at some point during their babies live.

See below what are those pros and cons:

Cons of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Sometimes dummies can interfere with breastfeeding, to avoid this you need to make sure your baby is eating well and gaining weight.
  • There is an increased risk of inner-ear infections with the use of dummies.
  • Prolonged dummy use could lead to dental issues (even more after the 2 years old).
  • 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 him/her to try to talk to you or make sounds. So, limit the time to avoid interfering in his/her speech development.

Pros of using dummies for breastfed babies

  • Dummies can help the baby from sucking their thumbs.
  • Dummies can prevent the baby from choking with their saliva.
  • Dummies are also called pacifiers as they can make your baby more calm to relax during the night, flights and everytime the feel really unwell.
  • You can use a pacifier to distract your baby during vaccinations appointments. 
  • If your baby has colic, one of the ways to make him/her calmer is using a pacifier.
  • Dummies can be used to help your baby settling to sleep.
  • Most premature babies are given a dummy.

The best dummies for breastfed babies

The 4 best dummies for breastfed babies aged 0 to 3 months

If your baby is very new, the dummy should be the softer as possible. Below you can find some models: 

Philips Avent Soothie (the favourite one for mums all around the world)



  • Model: Perfect for newborns
  • Material: It's made of hospital-grade silicone
  • Softness: It's super-soft
  • Advantages: It helps the baby to develop teeth and gums


Munchkin Latch Newborn Soothers

  • Model: Perfect for newborn
  • Material: Lightweight design
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Natural shape to mimic your nipple designed by pediatric dentists working with mums

First Years GumDrop Newborn Pacifier

£9.74 - RRP: £12.94


  • Model: Perfect for newborns (better after 1-month-old)
  • Material: Made of BPA-free, Latex-free and Phthalate-free silicone, its one-piece design.
  • Softness: It's super-soft
  • Advantages: This pacifier prevents choking (making the babies breathe easier) and is easy to sterilize


Phillips Avent Translucent Orthodontic Infant Pacifier

£4.99 - RRP: £5.90


  • Model: Perfect for newborns
  • Material: Silicone Translucent Soothers
  • Softness: It's soft
  • Advantages: developed with your baby's palate, teeth and gums in mind

The best dummies for breastfed babies aged 3 to 12  months

As your baby starts to grow and to develop teeth you need to look for a dummy made for helping those matters. Below you can find some models:  

WubbaNub Infant Pacifier



  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: It's Latex, BPA and Phthalate-free
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Perfect for babies that have a hard time keep in their mouth, which avoids any stress related to losing the dummy. Also, there are different options of animals to attach to the teat.


MAM Night Soothers

£5.00 - RRP: £5.75

  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: Made from soft silicone
  • Softness: It’s soft and easy to suck
  • Advantages: It’s great for healthy jaw and teeth development and it glows in the dark, making it easier for your little one to find at nighttime. (there are also models with different colours for girls and for boys)


NUK Genius Soothers


  • Model: Perfect for older breastfed babies
  • Material: Made from a soft, flexible silicone, the shield is heart shaped
  • Softness: With a soft, flexible teat
  • Advantages: Naturally shaped, this dummy is developed with dental health experts to simulate the feel of a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding, working as exercises for your baby’s tongue and jaw


Chicco Physio Soft Soother


  • Model: It's better for babies over 3 months
  • Material: Silicone
  • Softness: It’s super-soft
  • Advantages: It helps your baby's mouth and tongue action


The best dummies for breastfed babies aged over 12 months


Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Soothers Fun

£3.50 - RRP: £5.49



  • Model: Babies aged over 12 months
  • Material: BPA free Silicone
  • Softness: It’s soft
  • Advantages: Symmetrical orthodontic nipple, specially designed to help baby acceptance

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