Babies are born with an inherent need to suck, which calms and soothes them. A pacifier is just one way to satisfy that need and may be helpful in many instances. If your baby is breastfed, there is some school of thought that a pacifier should be delayed until mom's milk supply is established. However, if you are not experiencing issues with low supply, there is no reason to be concerned.
Whether your baby is breast or bottle fed, Sunshine Pediatrics' onsite lactation consultant recommends the Soothie style of pacifiers because they are all one piece. This allows them to be properly sanitized and won't harbor bacteria the same way others can. If you do have concerns about low supply, believe your baby may be experiencing nipple confusion, or have any other breastfeeding-related questions, schedule an appointment with Brooke Simmons at our office.