Because of the reduced SIDS risk, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that pacifiers be used for babies under age 1 at naptime and bedtime (preferably wait until baby is at least 1 month old, however, when baby will have gotten the hang of breastfeeding). The pacifier is in your control.
Similarly one may ask, can I use pacifier for a newborn?
Pacifier use may increase the risk of middle ear infections in babies and young children. Sucking on a pacifier and sucking on a breast are different actions, and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you wait until your baby is breastfeeding well and your milk supply is established.
Are pacifiers safe for newborns?
Some of the good things pacifiers can do for your baby -- and you -- include: Lower risk of SIDS. Pacifier use during naps or nighttime can prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Doctors aren't sure how it works, but if you give your baby a pacifier while she's asleep, you might lower her risk of SIDS by more than half.
Can you leave a pacifier in a baby's mouth while sleeping?
Some studies show that a pacifier at sleep times seems to have a protective effect against SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). On the flip side, babies who use a pacifier after age 6 months have an increase in middle ear infections, yeast infections (in the mouth), and intestinal infections.