The scoop on pacifiers with Dr. Leslie Reilly
by Dr. Leslie Reilly, Pediatrician and Mom of 2
As a pediatrician, I recommend products that minimize the disruption of dentition and avoid nipple confusion, especially for breastfeeding mothers.
As a mother AND a pediatrician, I look for products that are effective and simplify my busy life.
As a pediatrician, parents commonly ask about the use and safety of pacifiers. These, along with safe sleep environment and breastfeeding, have been shown to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). I highly recommend a product that is well made (medical grade silicone, BPA free) and easy to clean.
Babies have a natural reflex to suck from the day they are born. While pacifiers should never be a substitute for nurturing or feeding, they can be very useful for soothing after nutritional needs have been met.
Dr. Leslie Reilly is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Reilly received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University where she received her BA in Psychology and her MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Reilly was so fulfilled to complete her Pediatric residency at the LSU Health and Sciences Center allowing her to return to New Orleans and follow her passion. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the LSU School of Medicine and works at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.