One of the most intimate, and sometimes challenging, times for a new mother is breastfeeding their baby. Breastfeeding is vitally powerful both for the nutrition of the baby and for bonding. Below is an article written by Dr. Jeanne Ohm, mother and president of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. 

Breastfeeding Difficulties and Chiropractic

Modern birthing procedures, even those with seemingly minimal intervention, are known to cause trauma and stress to the infant’s cranium and spine.

In a leading pediatric textbook on manual therapy for children, one author tells us,

“When considering injuries and dysfunctions of the spine and its associated structures, the significance of birth trauma is often underestimated, and the resulting symptoms frequently misinterpreted.”

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In the case of breastfeeding difficulty, as with many childhood disorders, the cause of the problem often traces back to undetected biomechanical injuries to the spine and cranium at birth. The failure to recognize these biomechanical injuries and their relationship to difficulty in breastfeeding leads to incorrect conclusions and therefore, inadequate recommendations and treatments. Without real solutions, mothers become discouraged, successful breastfeeding is not achieved, and women stop trying out of frustration.

Breastfeeding is by far the best choice for infant feeding for numerous reasons. Significant research shows that, from a nutritional, immunological, digestive, neurological, developmental, mental, psychological, and emotional standpoint, there is no replacement. Today, more and more women are choosing the healthy, natural benefits of breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding is the optimal feeding mode for an infant’s first 6 months of life. Many women initially plan to breastfeed for that length of time, yet fall short because of difficulties that seem to have no solution. Many of the care providers they consult are unaware of the biomechanical disorders in the infant’s spines and craniums that cause the difficulty in breastfeeding. This lack of knowledge leads to ineffective recommendations with unsatisfactory results. Unless the biomechanical causes of these difficulties are addressed, women may become frustrated and abandon their original intent to breastfeed their babies. In these instances, it is imperative that parents seek family chiropractors who offer mothers and infants the care appropriate to their needs.

In 24 years of practice, it has been my experience that when infants presented in our office with any of the indicated difficulties (see side bar), once evaluated and adjusted accordingly, they responded favorably with chiropractic care. Normal function in the infant was restored and breastfeeding continued without further complications and hindrances. Providing the mother with effective solutions allowed the mother and child to continue to benefit from this superior practice of bonding and feeding.

I encourage all parents to incorporate a chiropractic exam as a necessary part of their newborn’s wellness evaluations. Among other numerous benefits of chiropractic care for infants, the ability to successfully breastfeed has life long consequences for the baby’s future health potential.

Including chiropractic care for your newborn may very well be one of the most important choices you make in support of the family wellness lifestyle.

For references and additional information about the author and topic, please visit: www.icpa4kids.org/research/references.htm]

Some of the most common indicators of difficulty with breastfeeding are:

  • Babies who cannot latch firmly
  • Babies who can latch and not sustain sucking
  • Babies who are unable to smoothly coordinate suckling, swallowing, and breathing
  • Babies who can feed in only one position
  • Babies who seem dissatisfied when nursing or who remain fussy and distressed throughout the day
  • Babies who chew and damage the mother’s nipples
  • Babies who may not feed any better from other devices
  • Babies who have the need to suck 24/7

Written by Jeanne Ohm, DC

Breastfeeding Help at Innate Life Chiropractic 

At Innate Life Chiropractic in Palatine,Dr. Nathan will assess you and your baby’s health, using neurospinal scans, and posture evaluations to determine how your body is adaptaing to all the changes in your life. After analyzing the findings , Dr. Nathan will develop a care plan to help improve your health, the function of your spine & nervous system and quality of life expression.

Tonal Chiropractic Adjustments

This approach looks at the overall tone of your nervous system. Is your body stuck in a sympathetic overdrive of “Fight or Flight” or over-exhuasted from a parasympathetic hibernation? Tonal chiropractic allows your body to find the harmony between these two extremes, while also relieving abnormal tension on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. This allows your brain and body to be more adaptable and resilient. Digestion and elimination are both normal functions of the body, however can be interfered with when the nervous system is running “fight or flight” all the time. Dr. Nathan uses a combination of MLSNetwork Spinal AnalysisBiogeometric Integration, and MC2 to help your nervous system shift from stress to healing.

Getting Started

At Innate Life Chiropractic, we focus helping you and your baby heal and thrive. To get started with chiropractic care, choose Palatine’s premier family chiropractor today. Innate Life Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages.

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