This baby is sucking on a common pacifier shape.  Notice how the baby’s lips remain tightly closed around the nipple.  If the baby transferred this suck to her mother’s nipple~ ouch!


This baby is sucking on a pacifier shape with a wider base than the one pictured above. The mouth is slightly open, and the lips are not pursed. This mouth placement is better for a baby who is breastfeeding.

In our book Balancing Breast and Bottle . . .

  • Learn about the four common pacifier shapes on the market, and how different shapes influence a baby’s tongue placement and movement.

  • Discover how to protect your breastfeeding relationship by the six-step list of when to avoid using a pacifier.

  • Find recommendations for age of pacifier weaning.

  • Examine pacifier use as it relates to the prevention of SIDS (Suddent Infant Death Syndrome).



Is it okay to use a pacifier?

  • Maybe     There isn’t a clear answer.  Every family is different.  If a mom will be separated from her baby, and sucking is soothing and makes her baby feel happy, a pacifier may help fill that void during separation.

  • One problem      Too often we see a pacifier used as a quick-fix to make a baby happy.  It replaces the need for parents to investigate the underlying problem.  Is the baby hungry?  Bored?  Tired?  The pacifier should not take the place of parenting.