My 3.5 month old has never used a pacifier because I never gave her one (until the incident below). I breastfeed exclusively and she really isn't too dependent on the nipple. She can fall asleep without nursing sometimes for me and for others. Here's my question:
We were on our way to the beach (normally about a 6 hour drive) and DD did great for the first part of the trip and then couldn't stand to be in her car seat. She's never really liked it that much but 6 hours was just too much to tolerate even with 5 stops. I was sitting in the back with her and she was so tired and just couldn't go to sleep. I was about to resort to hanging over the car seat with my breast out and my nipple in her mouth when I remembered a pacifier I had put in the diaper bag when she was a few weeks old 'just in case'. This was the moment for the pacifier! After about 3 minutes of learning how to use it she sucked for a few moments, then drifted off to sleep and spit out the pacifier. We made the last hour of the trip in peace (it took 10 hours total with stops). On vacation my Mom gave it to her once when I was on the beach and she went about 3.5 hours without nursing. She usually nurses every 2.5 hours or so. I also gave it to her once in a restaurant when I could tell she was tired but just couldn't go to sleep.
She used the pacifier the whole way back in the car at it took us just over 7 hours because she slept in the car so well.
I'm wondering if anyone else uses a pacifier only for car trips or any other times and not all the time for general use. If it will help her feel better about riding in car I can put aside my desire for her to not use one. Is there a reason I shouldn't use it sporadically that I'm not considering?
Thanks for your thoughts.