My husband and I are trying to figure out when to start a pacifier. Right now it seems like she is actually eating when she’s on the breast, not just using it as a pacifier, but who knows? We had originally not wanted to start a pacifier at all, but when it came down to the possibility of a pacifier vs thumb sucking, I think we’d rather have a pacifier (at least that can be chucked out eventually — even if it is a battle). The pediatrician says that four weeks is a good time to start one, as breastfeeding should be established by then, but I’ve read a few things online that suggest waiting 6-8 weeks if you exclusively breastfeed to insure that your milk supply is well established.
I’m beginning to feel that everything with babies has 10 different “right” answers. For those who think there is one way or no way, that is just not the way these things work, unfortunately.
So, when did you start your baby on a pacifier? Or, if you chose a no-paci way of life, why and how is it working out for you? I’d love to hear your stories!