Re: Pacifier to combat SIDS
The recommendations really don't make sense from all standpoints. On the one hand, a nighttime pacifier can reduce the risk of SIDS, but overreliance on pacis at night can decrease the number of times baby breastfeeds- and breastfeeding has a protective effect, too! And while the AAP and some other medical organizations have come down VERY hard on bed-sharing because of the danger of the baby being smothered, bed-sharing has a protective effect against SIDS and it is possible to bed-share safely. How do you balance all those conflicting data points, and come up with the right thing to do? Especially when you consider that so many of the recommendations are not specifically tailored to breastfeeding moms and their babies, but to a much larger and more varied population, including those who formula-feed and schedule and keep their babies swaddled in a nursery rather than in the bedroom with mom/dad...
For me, personally, the answer was to bed-share and not use a paci. But that's me.
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