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If your baby seems to want something else to suck on, and breastfeeding is well-established, it shouldn't hurt. Maggie is a major comfort suck-er, and we ended up giving her a pacifier after a few weeks and have never looked back. I didn't want to give her one, but it isn't about stopping her from crying, which is what a lot of people against them say. As a matter of fact, she rarely ever gets one when she is crying, except in the car. If she is full but agitated, I give her one and she immediately stops flailing her arms and settles. Of course, if she is happy with her hands, I leave her alone. Your dd will probably get really good at getting her hands right where she wants them soon.
I should add that Maggie apparently has had significant reflux since she was born, so the pacifier is actually probably GOOD for her. The sucking makes her feel better, but if she was at the breast she would probably still get some milk, and the last thing she needs is to be over-full. She is very fussy at the breast in the evening....
So, as huge a proponent of breastfeeding as I am, I still think that pacifiers can be used "safely" under the right circumstances. If you decide to use one, don't feel guilty about it.