Soothe your minds, new parents. Pacifiers may not be so bad for your baby's breastfeeding habits, after all. In fact, they just might be be beneficial.
According to the results of a new study, breastfeeding rates fell at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) after the removal of pacifiers and the usage of supplemental formula increased.
"In the lore of our community and some of our medical literature, pacifiers are said to negatively impact breast-feeding," the study's author and medical director of OHSU's Mother-Baby Unit, Carrie Phillipi, tells MSNBC. "I think that's not always the case."
The study tracked 2,249 babies born between June 2010 and August 2011 at the hospital.
Researchers discovered that the rates of exclusive breast-feeding dropped to 68 per cent from 79 per cent of infants during the time period where pacifiers were removed, and the use of formula to supplement feedings increased by tenRead More »from Pacifiers don’t interfere with breastfeeding: study