Reduce pain during painful procedures with breastfeeding
This video shows you how to reduce infant pain during blood tests by using these simple techniques:
- skin to skin care (also known as kangaroo care)
- giving small amounts of sugar water (sucrose or glucose
In the event that the mother is not available or is sick, expressed breast milk could be offered to the child before painful single procedures. In the event the breast milk is not available, parents may wish to consider sugar water as an option as explained above.
Used with permission CHEO
reviewed and edited
July 2019 – ks