Study: Pacifiers Don’t Affect Breastfeeding

Fear not the pacifier. Mothers who worry that letting their babies use a pacifier will reduce the chances of successful breasfeeding should relax, a new study says.

“Pacifiers have traditionally been thought to interfere with optimal breast-feeding,” wrote the researchers, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In the 1980s, health officials discouraged their use.

But in recent years, researchers have found evidence that babies who use pacifiers when they sleep may be less susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that pacifiers be used for that reason.

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