Benefits of Non-Nutritive Sucking 

*’This list was compiled by Louisa Ferrara, CCC-SLP, NTMTC and shared via the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT)’


  1. Tolppola, O., Renko, M., Sankilampi, U., Kiviranta, P., Hintikka, L., Kuitunen, I. (2022). Pacifier Use and Breastfeeding in Term and Preterm Newborns – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. European Journal of Pediatrics, 181, 3421-3428
  2. Samane, S., Yadollah, Z., Marzieh, H., Karimollah, H., Reza, Z., Afsaneh, A., Als, H. (2022). Cue-based Feeding and Short-term Health Outcomes of Premature Infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units: a Non-Randomized Trial. BMC Pediatrics. 22 (1), 23.
  3. Orovou, E., Eskizis, P., Ioanna, P., and Antoniou, E. (2022). Transition from Catheter Feeding to Oral Feeding and Breastfeeding of Neonates in the NICU. World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews. 14 (03), 460-465.
  4. Cai, M., Lin, L., Peng, Y., Chen, L., Lin, Y. (2022). Effect of Breast Milk Oral Care on Mechanically Ventilated Preterm Infants: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Frontiers in Pediatrics 17 (10), 899193. https:/ 
  5. Jain, S., Kumar, M., Tripathi, S., and Singh, S. (2022). Oral Application of Mother’s Own Milk for Prevention of Late Onset Sepsis in Preterm Very Low Birth Weight Neonates: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Breastfeeding Medicine, 17(1), 59-64.  https:/
  6. Canning, A., Clarke, S., Thorning, S., Chauhan, M., Weir, K. (2021). Oral Feeding for Infants and Children Receiving Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and High Flow Nasal Cannula: A Systematic Review. BMC Pediatrics.