Friday, March 20, 2009
Study:Early Pacifier Use Linked To Shorter Breastfeeding
New research from Denmark shows that mothers who want to breastfeed their baby successfully may want to hold off on giving their infant a pacifier.
Drs. Hanne Kronborg and Michael Vaeth of the University of Aarhus found that women who gave their infant a pacifier in the first weeks of life were less likely to continue breastfeeding their babies.
During the study registered nurses visited 570 new parents soon after they were discharged from the hospital.
The researchers found that correcting a mother's breastfeeding technique at the nurse visit did not have any influence on duration of breastfeeding because nearly two-thirds of the women reported giving their baby a pacifier.Pacifier use was associated with a shorter duration of breastfeeding, independent of breastfeeding technique.