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Old 11-14-2009, 11:01 PM
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I am curious about pacifiers too. I could see using one if it seemed like the right situation. Are they all made of plastic? or rubber? Or are there any other materials that they are made of?
They are made of rubber or silicone.
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we introduced it at 3 weeks, but he wouldn't take it. Re introduced at 2 months, and he took to it! He used the paci to suck when he didn't want milk, and gave it up at 8 months. I think if I had bought a larger size paci, he might still take it, but I didn't really think about that until a few weeks ago and he's already almost 11 months old, so I think it's better this way that he self-weaned. Now I don't have to do it when he's like 2 or 3! I think they're very helpful, especially if your baby is with a caregiver during the day, and can't comfort nurse whenever he wants.

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I think pacifiers can be great and I'll try to get my next baby to take one if he or she wants. I think as long as the baby is eating well and gaining, and the latch is decent, a paci can be a very good thing. My daughter would comfort nurse and then get overly full. One good burp and ew, spit-up time.
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Maybe they don't cost enough. If they were $18 and made in the Swiss Alps, we'd be showing them off to each other. I'll name my dd's paci "Sophie the Paci". Maybe that'll help. The paci needs an MDC PR boost.
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I love pacifiers, and i think if they were sold on Etsy and made out of hemp or Romanian amber and kept babies so happy, everyone on MDC would be singing their praises. But they are "mainstream" and therefore suspect. Phooey on that. It relieves a baby's stress with no medicine. IMO, that's a good thing.
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Maybe they don't cost enough. If they were $18 and made in the Swiss Alps, we'd be showing them off to each other. I'll name my dd's paci "Sophie the Paci". Maybe that'll help. The paci needs an MDC PR boost.
What insulting responses

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Bpa was and is present in some pacifiers (it is also present in toys and many other products we use daily). This is a list of BPA free brands I found on a quick search.

http://safemama.com/2008/01/04/bpa-f...s-cheat-sheet/

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What insulting responses
Really? I think, "You're not exclusively breastfeeding if your baby take a pacifier" is insulting. Or "Your breasts should constantly be available." Or any of about a dozen other things I read here on a regular basis.
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In some areas, like where I live, BPA has been banned and you cannot buy products that contain it.
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Ds was a great bf'er and also used a pacifier. He had a real need to suck and it helped to soothe and comfort him for a very long time. I now have a newborn dd, who is so far a very good bf'er. Whenever I'm around, though, she wants to bf, and I needed to get her to the doctor's office without hysterics. I ended up giving her a pacifier out of desperation, even though it's not recommended until she's a little older. She actually held it in her mouth and was very content. I probably won't make it a habit just yet, but it certainly helped in a situation when she needed comfort and was already well-fed.
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