Title

Using Breastfeeding as Analgesia in Infants

Presenter Information

Maddison GranstaffFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

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Jennifer Coleman

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Newborns undergo painful and invasive procedures throughout their first few days of life including immunizations and heel lancing. Unfortunately, many times there is not an emphasis on implementing pain-relieving interventions. Many facilities, when interventions are implemented, use interventions such as swaddling, oral glucose, or non-nutritive sucking to decrease pain. However, breastfeeding has been suggested, through evidence, to be more effective in reducing pain in neonates than other interventions while being culturally appropriate, natural, non-pharmacological, and also promoting maternal bond.

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Using Breastfeeding as Analgesia in Infants

Newborns undergo painful and invasive procedures throughout their first few days of life including immunizations and heel lancing. Unfortunately, many times there is not an emphasis on implementing pain-relieving interventions. Many facilities, when interventions are implemented, use interventions such as swaddling, oral glucose, or non-nutritive sucking to decrease pain. However, breastfeeding has been suggested, through evidence, to be more effective in reducing pain in neonates than other interventions while being culturally appropriate, natural, non-pharmacological, and also promoting maternal bond.