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So I read an article last week about breastfeeding being a natural pain killer for newborns. I wish I had the article handy..any ways I was thinking why does it only apply to newborns.
Well over the weekend my almost 19 month old fell off a chair and she of course nursed to calm down. Well after a bit she stopped and was about to get off my lap when she whined again and started nurisng again. SHe did this a few more times and then she was all better. So I'm thinking, pain relief from breastfeeding doesn't just apply to newborns. How cool is that, that breastmilk is a natural pain reliever!!!
 

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Wow, I thought it was just calming because of the sucking and cuddling and touch, I had no idea it was chemically a pain reliever as well! That's awsome, where did you read this? And of course it's not just for newborns, it's just that 70% of newborns in the US get some and only like 30% still get it more than 6 months, so people think of it for newborns only
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I know that suckling is a pain reliever, and I know that breastmilk contains a calming agent.
 

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When my DD had to have blood taken from her finger for lead testing at 12 months, I asked the lab tech if I could nurse during the procedure. At first she kind of reflexively said no, then she thought about it and said sure, I could try it. I think it made a huge difference in DD's experience. In the past she has hated even having her nails clipped and got very upset at vaxes (
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