The Australian: Don't spit dummy for premature babies [June 21, 2004] "By Helen Tobler
June 21, 2004
WHEN Amber and Brianna Page were born 16 weeks early, the last thing their parents needed was to worry about what future problems the girls might experience from the dummies they used to comfort the twins. But new Australian research has put parents' fears to rest by showing that giving premature babies dummies does not make it more difficult for them to breastfeed later, as previous studies had suggested. Carmel Collins, researcher and midwife at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital, said giving premature babies dummies was standard practice in hospitals. But parents were often concerned the dummies could cause nipple confusion and affect their ability to breastfeed."