Re: Pacifiers and BFing Newborns
We used a pacifier starting at the hospital, just because I was overwhelmed and confused, and when the poor thing had to go under the lights for jaundice I wanted her to have something since I couldn't BF her the whole time. It didn't really harm anything as far as I could see for us. LO never had trouble gaining weight and most of our nursing issues stemmed from other problems, but worked themselves out. Only problem was that she used to only use it for sleeping, but a little after age 1 started wanting it all the time. She now only uses it if she's upset or sleeping, but upset is a lot for a 2-year-old. I have mixed feelings about it, but overall it's actually been helpful in a lot of situations. Like when she started daycare, I think it helped her when she was really scared and upset to have that crutch. We're just hoping she loses interest in it. I have a few friends whose LOs didn't want pacifiers, and they wanted to stay latched all night for sleeping and woke A LOT, and both couples ended up sleep training around 18 months. I'm not saying that's a normal correlation -- just my and friends' experiences. I say if you want to use it, go ahead, but just monitor for problems.
I'm already wondering what I'm going to do for #2, myself!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.