Pacifier Use and Breastfeeding

Does Pacifier use interfere with breastfeeding?

Recent research indicates that pacifier use does not interfere with breastfeeding success in the first 6 months of infancy. So, if a mom is dedicated to breastfeeding, using a pacifier to calm her infant will not interfere. I recommend delaying its introduction until 3-4 weeks of age, and then only using it after a feeding is complete and the baby just wants to suck. Pacifiers can also help calm a baby at nap time and bedtime. Prolonged use beyond 15-18 months can interfere with teeth development and be a risk for ear infections.

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Read more about it in Dr. Trumbull’s book, Loving By Leading, Chapter 18.