06 Jun When can my baby start using a pacifier?

If you are breastfeeding, it is advisable to hold off using pacifiers and bottles until breastfeeding is established and going smoothly. For some babies that could be as early as two weeks, others it will be at six weeks or later. This is to avoid nipple confusion when babies get used to artificial nipples and then begin to have trouble latching on to the breast. Also ensure that you do not offer your baby a pacifier when she’s actually hungry as this may interfere with feeding.

Once breastfeeding is established, you may start giving your baby a pacifier to use. Every baby is different so always go with your gut feel on what is the best way to soothe your baby. A pacifier is one option. Playing soft music, rocking your baby or singing can always help soothe your baby as well.