I am unable to use my own nipples to breastfeed. They are too short and he cant latch on correctly or for very long. I use a nipple shield the lactation nurse gave me in the hospital and it seems to work well. He has plenty of wet and dirty diapers, and he is gaining weight. I have overly full breast on a daily basis and never a shortage of milk. I pump manually or with my pump every 2 or 3 days. However, my son likes to use me as his pacifier, and with the shield it starts to hurt extremely bad. I have been looking into maybe buying in a "The First Years" gumdrop pacifier, but I have heard that giving a newborn a pacifier before 4-6 weeks can cause nipple confusion. My son is 2 1/2 weeks old, and he doesn't use my nipples, only the shield so does the same rules apply? Would it be safe to use a pacifier to help sooth him while I shower, cook, clean, etc? Should I just keep letting him use me as his pacifier? Also my son likes to eat EVERY hour or so since the hospital made me feed him every hour. Im trying to get him on a 2 or 3 hour schedule for eating and was wondering if this is a good or bad idea? Im a first time mom and have NO idea what Im doing so any help is appreciated.