Should we use a pacifier when I plan to Breastfeed?

Stephanie - posted on 01/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I plan to breastfeed every time I'm with her but after 6 weeks I'll have to return to work and she'll have to start taking a bottle from the sitter and my husband unless I'm with them. This is our first baby so I'm kind of torn on whether or not we should offer her a pacifier. I know they can be soothing, but at the same time, we don't want her to be "stuck" on it and need it to fall asleep. However, my parents live an hour away and if she wakes up on the way there and gets fussy we won't be able to pull over on the interstate for me to breastfeed her. I'm sure there will be times when she's just fussy and we're having a hard time soothing her. I just don't want the pacifier to confuse her and cause complications with breastfeeding. Any suggestions?

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Xemoxprincessx - posted on 01/13/2014

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i held off on using them for i think it was about 6weeks at which point i gave in. i needed something to pacify him other than my nipple. he gave it up on his own around 7months(i dont think that is normal though not sure) hope this helped

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2014

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Many people have different opinions on using pacifiers. For me I used them with my kids and had no issues. They took them right away from birth. I also breastfed them and had no problems with confusion. In fact one of them would not take a bottle...she was exclusively breastfed for 15 months. They did use the pacifier to fall asleep. I did not have a problem with that and there were many times that that was a lifesaver. Both were able to give up their pacifiers with no issues.

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