A Gentle Start: How Chiropractic Care for Newborns Can Improve Latch and Breastfeeding
As a new parent, there's nothing more precious than the bond between you and your newborn. One of the earliest and most intimate experiences is breastfeeding. It's a beautiful act of nourishment and love, but for some parents and newborns, it doesn't always come easily. Challenges with latching and breastfeeding can be common, but the good news is that chiropractic care for babies can make a remarkable difference in this journey.
Understanding Latch and Breastfeeding Challenges
Breastfeeding is a learned skill for both mothers and newborns. While it's natural, it doesn't always occur naturally. Latch issues can arise for various reasons. The baby might struggle with their latch due to oral restrictions, such as tongue or lip ties, which can affect their ability to breastfeed effectively. On the mother's side, difficulties might be linked to inverted or flat nipples, engorgement, or even discomfort due to the birthing process.
In these situations, parents often turn to lactation consultants and healthcare providers for support. However, there's another professional who can play a crucial role in this journey: a pediatric chiropractor.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
Chiropractic care for babies and newborns is gentle and non-invasive, making it a suitable option for even the tiniest patients. Chiropractors who specialize in pediatric care understand the unique needs of infants and use techniques that are appropriate for their delicate bodies.
Optimizing Nervous System Function: Chiropractic care for newborns focuses on ensuring the nervous system functions optimally. Why is this important for latch and breastfeeding? The nervous system controls every function in the body, including the baby's ability to latch effectively. By gently adjusting misalignments in the spine, chiropractors help ensure that nerve signals are properly transmitted, allowing the baby to coordinate their latch and suckling reflexes.
Relieving Muscular Tension: Muscular tension in the baby's neck or jaw can result from the birthing process or positioning in the womb. Chiropractic care addresses these issues by releasing tension, enabling the baby to open their mouth wider and achieve a more effective latch.
Addressing Tongue and Lip Ties: In cases where oral restrictions like tongue and lip ties are present, chiropractors can work in conjunction with healthcare providers to address these concerns. By addressing these restrictions, the baby's ability to latch correctly and extract milk is significantly improved. At Sprout Family Chiropractic, we work with local lactation consultants and pediatric dentists to create the best results for you and baby.
Promoting Comfort and Relaxation: Chiropractic care can also provide relief for breastfeeding mothers. New moms may experience discomfort due to physical strain and hormonal changes. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help reduce discomfort and improve overall well-being.
Your Baby's Gentle Start
Chiropractic care for newborns is a holistic approach that complements conventional healthcare in the care of infants. By focusing on optimizing nervous system function, relieving tension, and addressing specific oral restrictions, chiropractic care can make a remarkable difference in your baby's ability to latch and breastfeed effectively. If you're experiencing challenges with breastfeeding or latch issues, consider including chiropractic care as part of your baby's gentle start in life. Your baby deserves the best possible beginning on their path to growth, development, and well-being.
Sprout Family Chiropractic is located in Plymouth, Michigan
We specialize in pediatric and pregnancy focused Chiropractic care