Isaac is a paci baby. There is always a pacifier in his mouth, or very nearby!
Breastfeeding experts recommend waiting to introduce a pacifier until nursing is well established (six weeks or so). I avoided giving Isaac a pacifier as long as I could, but must admit that I sent Ross on an emergency pacifier run at 10pm one night. Isaac was screaming and would only quiet if he was sucking on my finger. My finger was getting raw and the options were: let him scream, or give him a pacifier!
I nurse on demand and pretty frequently. Even so, I am mindful of being sure to feed him if he is hungry and not just "hold him off" with the pacifier. Nursing when the baby is hungry is the best way to keep up my milk supply. There are times though when he definitely just wants the pacifier, not me.
Another one of the reasons experts advise against pacifier use in the beginning is because it is so different than breastfeeding. When a baby nurses, their lips should be flanged out like a fish. When a baby sucks on a pacifier, they do so with lips closed straight down. Soothie pacifiers are a bit different:
You can see in the photo above that Isaac's lips are flanged out as he uses this pacifier. I will sometimes even fiddle with his lips and flip them out a bit more. This helps protect the breastfeeding relationship and not confuse his suck. Because of this, Soothies are the only pacifiers we use.
My older girls gave up their pacifiers around 9 months. They both seemed to not really need them much at that point, so I took them away. We never had any battles over it. I even tried to give Julia back her pacifier once out of desperation and she wouldn't take it! Isaac sure loves his. Hopefully its not a struggle to take it away someday. For now his little paci face is pretty cute!
This is not a product review. I just way over-think everything, including pacifiers. ;)