Just like with everything else in life, there are pros and cons to giving your baby a pacifier. Your job as the mother is to determine if it’s good or bad.
The Good: A pacifier provides comfort for your baby or toddler, and satisfies them. It also serves as a distraction while you’re preparing a bottle. Most of all, giving babies under 1 a pacifier as they fall asleep is highly recommended as a way to decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
The Bad: Many times a pacifier can interfere with breastfeeding. The reason for this is that pacifiers can cause nipple confusion. The type of sucking needed for breastfeeding is different from the sucking of a pacifier. Babies may be tempted to suck the wrong way when nursing. Another point is that once a baby gets used to it, it is very hard to get rid of it.
The Bottom Line: You as the mother have to weigh both sides. If the pros outweigh the cons then use it, but make sure to get rid of it by your baby’s first birthday. If you use it for too long it can lead to teeth misalignment and can slow down a child that’s starting to talk. It’s hard to talk with a plug in your mouth.