BREASTFEEDING: It helps soothe the baby

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BREASTFEEDING: It helps soothe the baby

BREASTFEEDING: It helps soothe the baby
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I recently read this in a WDDTY e-news broadcast and thought you might be interested..

BREASTFEEDING: It helps soothe the baby, doctors confirm 150,000 years of anecdotal evidence

Less than 20 years ago doctors genuinely believed that newborn babies didn’t feel pain. As a result, babies were even operated on without any analgesic whatsoever.
This thinking was enshrined in the august medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, as recently as 1987 (see volume 317; pages 1321 to 29). Since then, medicine has made the remarkable discovery that: a) babies are human, and b) this even applies to babies that have only recently been born.
In a new study, researchers have gone even further, and have found that breastfeeding is a great way of calming a baby if it’s stressed or in pain. While the researchers concede that this has been known ‘anecdotally’ by millions of mothers – actually, it’s been known by every mother since before homo sapiens stood erect – it has finally been proven in a medical trial. And that, after all, is what counts.
(Source: The Lancet, 2007; 369: 721-3).
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Well it is heartening to know that trials (was this one controlled I wonder, with control babies yelling for soothing milk or placebo in the other room?) are there to begin to change official views on the subjects of a)newborn sentience and b) the multiple benefits of breastmilk. Yes, trials are what counts for achieving this slow change. But Birthlight would not be there if we waited for trials to allow us to soothe babies in pain by putting them to the ***. Do any mothers still believe that there is a risk of 'spoiling' the baby in doing this? Back from the APPPAH conference, this Lancet article hardly seems a breakthrough but at least it's one more tick on the long list of evidence-based parenting practices, thank you Helen for posting it.

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