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Pacifier Use Hurts Newborn Breastfeeding

Causes Infants to Feed Less, Hurt Moms More, During First Few Weeks

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Whether their children are born full-term or premature, many parents introduce pacifiers to help calm babies between feedings.

"For parents who aren't sure they want to use pacifiers, I would say, don't. But if you're set that you want to use a pacifier, it does it make a difference on when introduce it," says Howard. "You should wait at least one month from the child's birth."

There are other ways to calm newborns without relying on artificial nipples. "Being held close -- especially skin-to-skin contact -- is very effective," she tells WebMD. "So is carrying the infant, or wrapping him tightly in a blanket."

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