How a Chiropractor Can Help New Moms with Breastfeeding

If you are a breastfeeding mom, then you already know that you are providing your little one with the best nutrients. However, for many moms and babies there are issues when it comes to feeding your baby. Sometimes the baby has a hard time latching or issues with reflux; other times new moms can’t seem to produce enough milk to keep their baby satisfied.

The last place a new mom might think to look for help is the chiropractor. However, believe it or not, a chiropractor may be just the answer new moms are looking for when it comes to feeding their baby.

Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani of says, “Have your baby assessed by a chiropractor – birth trauma and in-utero constraint (where the baby’s ability to move around freely is hindered) can both affect a baby’s ability to breastfeed. The baby’s skull, neck and jaw malpositioning may all be contributing to their inability to suckle.” It is entirely possible that your baby is suffering from a misalignment that makes breastfeeding positions uncomfortable.  

Babies can also have a problem with reflux and colic from a very early age, as well, which makes feeding harder. Adjustments done on the baby can help with reflux issues and help the baby’s digestion. This means he will have an easier time when it comes to mealtime.

Sometimes the problem lies on the mother’s side, especially if she is not providing enough milk for the baby. The March 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics listed three separate instances where the new mom had subluxations, also known as minor misalignments, that caused a low milk supply. After a few adjustments, their milk came in regularly again.

If you are having troubles with your breastfeeding relationship, it is best to have yourself and your baby adjusted. Remember, every baby is different, so even if this is your third child, you may find breastfeeding harder this time around. A chiropractor can help fix a minor problem with you or the baby and restore your breastfeeding relationship once more.

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