Breastfeeding issues are one of the most common challenges faced by parents of newborns, especially for first-time parents. If you’ve never had experience with breastfeeding, it’s difficult to understand why your baby might struggle to latch or suckle.
Many things can cause breastfeeding difficulties. Some are simple problems that are easy to fix, but others indicate a bigger problem. Regardless of why your infant is struggling to breastfeed, chiropractic care can help. It’s a safe and effective treatment option for both mother and baby.
Several things can cause latching and suckling problems. For example:
Breastfeeding is beneficial for babies with neurological dysfunction. The benefits include:
Unfortunately, breastfeeding a little one with neurological problems can be challenging. The most common issues include:
Abnormalities of the cranial or upper cervical vertebrae decrease the space for the lower brain stem and cervical cord. These abnormalities can lead to:
Any time there is discomfort in the neck, it can affect how babies feed. The positioning of the head during breastfeeding is important, and if you cannot achieve a comfortable position, it creates challenges for feeding. Ideally, you and your baby will be comfortable during feeding times.
Chiropractic care helps with infant latching and breastfeeding problems by relieving muscle tension and improving posture. Chiropractic adjustment also enhances the function of the digestive system and nervous system.
Additionally, spinal misalignment can hinder the body from producing enough breast milk. When spinal discs are out of place, they can press on nerves and prevent adequate breast milk production from the mother.
Chiropractic care can help both baby and mother develop healthy feeding habits.
Chiropractic adjustment for newborns and young infants is very gentle. In general, chiropractors use spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), which includes hands-on adjustments to the spine's vertebrae. Adjustments target the spine's joints to create more room for the joint to move around.
SMT causes the cracking sounds that make some people uncomfortable with the idea of an adjustment, especially for babies and young children. The pop you hear is the sound of a joint releasing an air bubble. It’s similar to cracking the knuckles.
Additionally, chiropractic treatment includes other therapies, like soft tissue therapy, massage, and at-home exercises, to treat spinal issues. Both of these are safe and effective for parents and babies to use.
Infant adjustments typically include:
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