Breast-feeding offers pain relief to some preterm babies

10/23/2011 | Nurse.com

Only preterm babies with mature breast-feeding behaviors who were breast-fed during minor procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit had significantly lower behavioral pain scores compared with those using pacifiers, according to a study in the journal Pain. Researchers assessed the responses of 57 preterm babies who were born at 30 to 36 weeks gestational age during blood collection and found that breast-feeding generally did not lower either behavioral or physiological pain during the procedure.

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