Breastfeeding may be the ultimate natural painkiller for newborn babies.
A review of research found that breastfeeding newborns helps
relieve the pain from a needle prick used to screen their blood
Breastfed babies appeared to experience less pain than those
who were swaddled, given a pacifier, or a placebo. Comfort
from a mother's presence may be key.
The researchers say that breastfeeding could possibly help
relieve pain for premature babies who need to undergo many
painful intensive care procedures.
However, they stress that their study did not test the impact
of breastfeeding on the pain associated with repeated procedures.