Nursing Moms Agree: These Are The Best Pacifiers For Your Breastfed Baby
by Margeaux Baulch Klein
When you've decided to introduce a pacifier to your baby, choosing the right one can be a daunting task — especially when it comes to figuring out which one is the most compatible with your feeding style. In addition to being soothing, the best pacifiers for breastfed babies are made of safe, one-piece silicone or rubber and designed with the right shape to help your baby avoid "nipple confusion" as you establish your nursing relationship.
To help narrow down the many pacifier options, the first thing to consider is the type of material. Typically, silicone pacifiers work well for all infants, no matter which way they are fed. This is because silicone is regarded as more durable, bite-resistant, and safer for babies with allergies than latex. These styles are also guaranteed to be free of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. (Note: 100% natural rubber is a great alternative for babies who may be allergic to silicone, too.)
Next, you'll want to focus on nipple shape as this is the key part of the pacifier that the baby sucks on. Two of the most popular suitable for breastfed babies are:
Orthodontic nipples: These get their name because they are considered the best shape to prevent future dental issues. They are flat on the bottom and round on the top, which helps reduce any pressure on the baby's gums and teeth. That flattened look is also meant to feel more like your breast, thus providing the most natural sucking action.
Cylindrical nipples: Sometimes referred to as rounded pacifiers, these compel a baby's tongue to cup around it, in the same way that a tongue cups around a nipple during breastfeeding, so this shape may offer more familiarity to a breastfed baby.
Keep in mind that some babies may only enjoy sucking on a binky for a short period of time, and some may not like pacifiers at all, regardless of the shape or material.