volume 99, issue 6, P825-829 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.6.825
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E. M. Blass

Abstract: Milk and some of its components are antinociceptive in human newborns. Based on previous studies, reduced crying during and after painful stimulation may be mediated through endogenous opioids. These findings are of potential clinical significance: natural protective mechanisms, normally engaged during suckling, may safely and noninvasively be activated to reduce newborn crying to painful stimulation.