There is a new "study" that has found pacis and breastfeeding DO mix well. It has been said (for many years) that introducing a paci (to a breastfed Nummie Lover) should happen at 3 months old. The reasoning behind this "3 month rule" was to help prevent "nipple confusion".
But a recent breastfeeding study, done at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, has found the opposite to be true. In December 2010, the hospital did not introduce pacis, to newborns, in hopes to improve their breastfeeding rates. But to their SHOCK the opposite happened. Their rates of exclusive breastfed babies DROPPED when they no longer supplied pacis. Prior to their "paci lock up" their exclusive breastfed rate was 80%, but then dropped to 70% . (ROCK ON to the 80%! That is awesome!)
“When we removed pacifiers from routine distribution, we weren’t seeing the improvements we had expected,” said Carrie Phillipi, an associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit.
The hospital decided to "lock up" the pacis, in compliance with The World Health Organization's "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding". The hospital had hopes of achieving The WHO's Baby Friendly Hospital Status....as you have to follow all 10 steps in order to achieve the status. Although, The WHO's no paci policy was implemented back in 1991 and at that time evidence had shown that paci use had lowered breastfeeding rates.
It seems now......that policy is, once again, up for debate. For us, pacis SAVED my breastfeeding journey with Pooker. She was born without the ability to suck, latch or even open her mouth wide enough. In the first days of her life, we taught her how to do all of those things with the use of a paci. Kit Kat knew how to latch and suck from minute 1... so pacis were also fine with her...... HOWEVER she was a picky paci person! We had to find just the right one for her.
It is super interesting, to me, that studies/research/experiments change what we once thought was accurate. That new studies/research/experiments de-bunk what previous studies/research/experiments have found. Just goes to show that you just never know.
What about you, Mummie? What have you found to happen with pacis and your Nummie Lovers?