The Baby Friendly Initiative, meant to foster successful breastfeeding, has had some unintended consequences. Pacifiers are forbidden. Sending the baby to the nursery so the parent can sleep is also out. While promoting breastfeeding is a worthy endeavor, mothers and families are contending with more than ever right now. While we wish successful breastfeeding for all, families may have different goals.
Your baby may enjoy keeping busy with a pacifier when they aren’t hungry. It allows the baby to learn the gentle act of self-comforting while parents attend to the million other things. And the binky gives mom’s nipples a break.
Not all of us have the perfect breastfeeding experience we anticipated, and when my daughter asked me how long I’d breast fed her, the answer was six months. I went back to work when she was six weeks old, she refused to get on the breast by 3 months, and when my mother died when she was six months old, the winter infection season was over, and I was done pumping. I am pro-breastfeeding, pro-mom, pro-family. You know your baby, yourself, and your family best.
There’s more about families and Baby Friendly at https://www.romper.com/p/the-failure-of-baby-friendly-initiatives-19374870