Pacifiers Help Prevent SIDS (and Won't Interfere with Breastfeeding)

pacifier and breastfeeding and SIDSThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you give your baby a pacifier to reduce its risk of SIDS. However, moms who breastfeed are often told that pacifiers can interfere with successful breastfeeding. Well now you can stop worrying.


A new study shows that there is no link between pacifier use and successful breastfeeding. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine reviewed 29 studies from 12 countries and found that while moms of babies used pacifiers did stop breastfeeding sooner, the pacifiers were not the reason.

Several studies have shown that using a pacifier at bedtime reduces your baby's risk of SIDS.

Fern R. Hauck, M.D., an associate professor of family medicine and public health sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, recommends that pacifiers be given to babies when they are three to four weeks old—after breastfeeding is well-established.

Does your baby use a pacifier? Why or why not?


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