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Breastfeeding and Thumbsucking?

Posted Aug 26 2008 5:02pm 1 Comment

I've breastfed all three of my children and none of them have thumbsucked.

I was bottlefed and sucked my thumb until I was around six years old.

Why am I telling you this?

Well I read an interesting article today stating that

“There is a widespread belief among child specialists that sucking is an instinct — an automatic habit borne out of the necessity for breastfeeding especially in toddlers and very young children...”(Dr Rais Ahmed, specialist paediatrician at Medcare Hospital.)

The article went on to state that research shows that babies who are breastfed are less likely to thumbsuck than babies who aren't. And furthermore, of those breastfed babies who do suck their thumbs, babies who are breastfed every three hours are also less avid thumbsuckers than those fed every three hours!

Funnily enough, it was only after I stopped breastfeeding that my children showed signs they were missing the comfort they had become accustomed to. Since stopping breastfeeding my son has taken to sucking on his fingers when he is tired; one of my daughters sucked on her arm and the other grew very dependent on her soother (the other two absolutely refused soothers full stop!)

I'd be interested to hear your stories on this topic.

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My daughter was exclusively breastfed and refused bottles and pacifiers...she never went more than 2 hrs without nursing (except when she was sleeping of course) and started sucking her thumb when she was only a couple months old.  Today she is 18 months, nurses in the morning when she wakes up and at night before bed and still sucks her thumb...mostly when she is tired...My son was breastfed also but took a pacifier and never sucked his thumb.  Did your kids take a pacifier?  I think that this article is not true at all...I think thumb sucking has more to do with personality traits than breastfeeding...all babies are different...even those who are exclusively breastfed.
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