Originally Posted by karika
I didn't read the whole thread, but here are my thoughts. Any artificial nipple is artificial. any nipple but your nipple will affect your breasts. it is best to have your breasts unrestrained available for the baby at all times, IMO. I did have one for dd1 and had to use it twice (for about 3 min each time), on a car ride where we could not pull over (trip to CA) on the freeway because there was snow and problems,, etc. but around town I would just pull over to take care of her needs. now we rarely go anywhere in a car, so that hasn't been an issue
with dd2 (11 mo) i believe the plastics industry is also probably best left out of baby's mouth. recently many companies citing they were bpa free were found to contain bpa. this link is about foods, but it was found in the baby supplies category too...http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,6197377.story
our nippples are meant to be pacifiers IMO (unless of course it is driving you crazy and you are feeling mad or violent about it, then of course a paci is better than not letting them have their sucking needs met)
Respectfully, silicone and latex nipples do not now nor have they ever contained BPA. BPA is a material used to harden plastic. Artificial nipples are not made from plastic.
Having my lactating breasts unrestrained would have been extremely uncomfortable for me. Not only from the increased weight of the milk, but because I leaked all the damn time. My breasts were still available for my babies at pretty much all times though
I think it is a mistake to use a pacifier to calm a baby when they are hungry just as I believe it can be a mistake to use a breast to calm a baby when he or she isn't hungry. I make too much milk and I have OALD. When my babies tried to comfort nurse when they weren't hungry, it made matters worse. They'd get milk that they didn't want or need which would lead to an overfull tummy which led to increased reflux issues for my youngest as well as lots of spitting up, gas and explosive poops for both of them.
Using a pacifier during times when they weren't hungry and just wanted to suck made us all happier. I do think that if your baby is hungry, if it is within your power to do so, you should feed him or her. Pacifiers shouldn't be used to hold a baby off a feed except in the most extreme of situations.