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Is Breastfeeding for Comfort Okay?

Is my baby nursing for comfort, and is this okay?
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Lactation Specialist
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March 2, 2017
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Yes, it’s absolutely fine. Breastfeeding is an all-purpose mothering tool that both feeds and comforts babies, sometimes both at once. There’s no reason to worry about why breastfeeding calms your baby — whether it’s because of the milk or because of the comfort of sucking. It doesn’t really matter. The end result is the same: a happier baby and a calmer household.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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