Breastfeeding: How Chiropractic Can Help

Modern birthing procedures, even those with seemingly minimal intervention, are known to cause trauma and stress to the infant’s spine and cranium. The significance of birth trauma is often underestimated and without a chiropractic evaluation can go undetected. Undetected subluxations result in damage to the spine over the course of time and also manifest as symptoms in the body both immediately following birth and as the child grows and develops. Subluxation, or misalignment, of the spine interferes with the functioning of the body’s central nervous system preventing the body from expressing it’s full health potential. The body may or may not exhibit symptoms as a result of subluxation so it is essential all babies be evaluated by a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor following birth.

Breastfeeding difficulty is a common symptom seen in babies who present with spinal or cranial subluxations. Common indicators of difficulty are babies who cannot latch firmly; can latch but not sustain sucking; an inability to smoothly coordinate suckling, swallowing, and breathing; feeding in only one position; dissatisfaction when nursing or remaining fussy and distressed throughout the day; chewing or damaging the mother’s nipples; not feeding better from other devices; having the need to suck 24/7; and difficulty gaining weight. Breastfeeding is by far the best choice for infant feeding based on extensive research from nutritional, immunological, digestive, neurological, developmental, mental, psychological, and emotional experts so assisting mothers in successfully breastfeeding is of great significance. Many care-providers sought out by new mothers are often unaware of the biomechanical disorders in infant’s spines and craniums that cause difficulty in breastfeeding therefore leading to ineffective recommendations with unsatisfactory results. A Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor is the only provider trained to detect subluxations of the spine and cranium.

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