My son was whisked off to the NICU after he was born and stayed there for the first few hours of his life. The nurses had already given him one (and bottle fed him with formula) by the time they brought him to me to breast feed, without even asking first. That frustrated me but I shortly discovered that even with a tongue tie (a shortened frenulum. A tongue condition), my son had no problem breast feeding or sucking on various different kinds of pacifiers and learn to breast feed just fine.
Some babies really do have nipple confusion though but every baby is different. Why not try it out and see if your baby wants it. However, if you've made it this far not relying on pacifiers to soothe and comfort (and help them fall asleep!) why not continue? The longer/older a baby has one, the harder it is going to be to try to take it away from them later.
at 1:22 PM on Mar. 11, 2009