This is great! New research recommends that breastfeeding and expressed human milk should be offered as primary pain management options.
The review study looks at 10 papers from peer-reviewed journals between 2012 and 2020.
Expressed human milk:
"There is statistically significant evidence that expressed human milk (HM) has pain-relieving abilities, especially when combined with other soothing interventions such as rocking. HM reduces crying time, and lowers pain scores during painful procedures."
Beastfeeding is recommended in 7 papers for effective pain management:
"Breastfeeding reduces crying time, heart rate, and pain scores compared with oral sucrose, holding, nonnutritive sucking, swaddling, and topical anesthetics."
Graf T, Duffey E, Spatz D. Development of an Interprofessional Policy on the Use of Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Pain Relief. Adv Neonatal Care. 2020 Sep 30. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000793. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33009155.