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Okay, against my principles, I broke down and got a pacifier for my 2 1/2 month old because I just CANNOT provide the sucking ops he needs. I pretty much nurse on demand (luckily his needs for actual milk has decreased), have another child and a chaotic home life, he is very colicky and has horrible gas 24/7. Sucking helps him get through the pain. I'm thinking it's a dairy allergy and am starting to modify my diet accordingly. I wear him and hold him all but about 2 hours in the day, when i'm cooking or my dh has him. My dd, btw, was the same but I was able to really nurse on demand through all her pains because I didn't have anyone else to look after.
At any rate I'm wondering about opinions on this. If I give him the opportunity to suck all the time, he will, right? A while ago now he fell asleep with the pacifier and when it fell out, he woke up very angry. I held him and popped it back in, though I wanted to try to get him to sleep on his own. But he needs to sleep, b/c the gas wakes him up a lot and I feel he's sleep deprived. Will a pacifier cause him to need/desire sucking more than he actually spontaneously would if left to suffer without the nipple? And as a result, do you think he'd be predisposed to smoking?