Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Pacifiers May Not Adversely Effect Breastfeeding
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University discovered that breastfeeding rates actually fell when they stopped giving newborns pacifiers. Dr. Carrie Phillipi, a pediatrician at the hospital says, "Our observations suggest routinely removing pacifiers may negatively impact exclusive breastfeeding rates during the birth hospitalization." Data was collected from over 2,200 infants delivered at the hospital between 2010 and 2011. During that period, a policy was instituted that prevented the use of pacifiers with newborns. The percentage of babies who were exclusively breastfed during that period dropped from 80 percent to 68 percent.
Kim Novak-Jones, a registered nurse at the University of North Carolina's Women's and Children's Hospital was surprised by the findings because instituting Baby-Friendly policies, which includes halting the use of pacifiers, seemed to cause an increase in breastfeeding rates at UNC.
Phillipi explains that the effect of pacifier use early in life isn't well studied, "Taken together, the 10 steps [required to become a Baby-Friendly hospital] have been shown to improve breastfeeding rates. However, the individual contribution of removing pacifiers as one of the 10 steps hasn’t been as well studied."
Did you discover that giving your newborn a pacifier changed the breastfeeding relationship in any way?
Pacifiers And Breastfeeding: New Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom [HuffPo]