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Pacifiers and Breastfeeding

Pacifiers. Binkies. Dummies. No matter what you call them, it’s likely you’ll receive some for your baby before he’s even born. Should you use them? You may have heard about “nipple confusion,” in which a baby’s understanding of how to suckle from a mother’s nipple is undercut by the different feel of suckling on an artificial nipple such as on a pacifier or infant bottle. How can you make sure that doesn’t happen to your baby? What should you consider when deciding whether to introduce a pacifier, or how to do so? What benefits, and risks, might there be to using a pacifier with a breastfed baby? Tune in to this episode so you’ll be able to make an informed decision about pacifiers.

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