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|She needed to suck with no milk in her way.... My milk was coming in and he had a strong latch, so I wasn't worried about it. We use it in the car and during fussy time when nursing just won't cut it.|
DS1 Dec 2009 DZ Twins July 2012
I don't know of reasons not to pacify (verb form of pacifier), but I don't like the idea because I am resistant to baby devices. It's just a me thing!
That said, when my first dd screamed for every car ride of her first year, we tried pacifiers. They didn't work. But it would definitely be worth it if it made baby happier. I mean, there's my appreciation for old-fashioned baby-rearing, and then there's my baby's happiness and you gotta prioritize!
This is pretty much how I feel since I strive to practice ecological breastfeeding. However, I don't judge those who choose to use a paci.
As for reasons not to use a paci that I can think of:
1) Nipple confusion (for some babies artificial nipples do mess with their latch)
2) Reduced milk supply for mom if pacis are used too often.
3) Orthodontic problems if pacis are used too often or too long.
4) Speech problems (same as #3).
5) Dependence on paci (personal). I do have a friend whose child "needed" his paci to fall asleep even at age 6.
mama to one DS and one DD, equally amazing.
We caved and bought a couple pacifiers after the 5th day of crying. I'm curious, how does using a pacifier reduce milk supply? Forgive my ignorance ha.