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July 24th 2017:To Suck or Not to Suck? Benefits and Risks of Pacifiers for Breastfed Babies

You’ve heard that breastfeeding will protect your baby from SIDS, and you’ve heard that pacifiers do, too. But don’t pacifiers cause babies to have “nipple confusion”? Or are they just a handy tool for calming a fussy baby? It’s time you sort the facts from the myths—before your baby is crying and you’re on the spot, trying to figure out whether to give the pacifier and if it is a help or a problem. Join Marie as she talks with experienced speech pathologist Debbie Betts to find out the truth about pacifier use. You’ll learn the risks and benefits, as well as when to introduce pacifier use

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Debbie Betts, M.S., CCC-SLP

Debbie Betts has been providing speech language services to children, many of which have special needs, in Olney and Bethesda, Maryland, for 18 years. With a focus on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders and Oral Motor Disorders, she has explored how breastfeeding contributes to the development of speech and other aspects of childhood development. “Providing guidance and support for breastfeeding is a natural progression,” Debbie says, when asked how breastfeeding became part of her practice. She will share how oral motor development is an essential foundation for life—from eating and speaking, to first impressions, and other life skills. She also will te
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