Binkies, corks, soothers. Whatever you call pacifiers, conventional wisdom holds that giving them to newborns can interfere with breastfeeding.
New research, however, challenges that assertion. In fact, limiting the use of pacifiers in newborn nurseries may actually increase infants' consumption of formula during the birth hospitalization, according to a study presented April 30, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston.
"This subject poses an additional dilemma for parents and pediatric providers as pacifier use is associated with a decreased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the AAP recommends using a pacifier for sleep after breastfeeding is established." [emphasis mine]
If a baby is comforted by it, then just let them. I would think instincts would keep the newborn "abreast". Pun intended.
Musical Pacifier helps premature babies learn to suckle.
Florida State University has announced the availability of a new medical device that uses musical lullabies to help premature babies overcome one of their greatest growth hurdles.
The innovative device, known as the Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL), is now being sold to hospitals around the world through a partnership with Powers Device Technologies Inc. PAL uses music reinforcement to help infants quickly learn the muscle movements needed to suck, and ultimately feed. Research studies have shown that PAL can reduce the length of a premature infant's hospital stay by an average of five days.