Breast feeding, sugar and pain in babies

Suckling and sugar educe pain in babies Shann in Lancet 369, March 3 2007-03-28
Babies are very aware of painful procedures and events. One such is blood sampling by heel prick. Babies who at the same time are being breast fed and given a cuddle appear to be more comfortable than babies without this support. More recent studies suggest that giving sucrose in addition to breast feeding increases the effectiveness of this regime. One ml of 30% sucrose in addition to breast feeding was better than 30&% glucose.
This simple safe strategy is important. It also raises the thought of fractious babies and feeding. Does the content of the milk help sooth the baby? Or do women who have unhappy babies produce insufficient or weak milk? Or none of these.

Martin Eastwood
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