Does Breastfeeding During Vaccination Decrease Infant Pain?
This study by Harrison et al. (Cochrane Review, 2016) sought to determine if breastfeeding before and during vaccination lessens pain in infants.
Systematic review of 10 randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
10 studies with a total of 1,066 infants were reviewed. This systematic review found that breastfeeding before and during vaccination lessens pain in babies aged 1 month to a year. Babies who breastfeed during vaccination, as opposed to other interventions such as sugar water, topical anesthetic, and cuddling, were consistently less likely to display pain behaviors such as crying.
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