Pediatric Chiropractic and breastfeeding

Posted in Pediatrics on Jan 10, 2023

One of the best things you can do for your baby is to give them a healthy start in life. And one of the best ways to do that is through chiropractic care. Chiropractic care for infants is gentle and safe, and it can help with common breastfeeding issues like latching difficulties and colic. If you're a breastfeeding mom, consider adding pediatric chiropractic to your baby's healthcare routine.

The benefits of chiropractic care for breastfeeding mothers

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Did you know that chiropractic care can be beneficial for breastfeeding mothers? Recent studies have indicated that chiropractic adjustments can help improve the overall breastfeeding experience for both mother and child. Adjustments can make the position of the head, neck, and spine more comfortable for nursing moms; this in turn can improve flow and reduce fatigue during long nursing sessions. Chiropractic care can also help increase milk production by stimulating nerves associated with the digestive system. Many new mothers today are discovering how easy, safe, and effective these treatments can be when it comes to increasing their comfort while nursing. With regular visits to a certified chiropractor, lactating mothers can expect an improved breastfeeding experience all around.

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How pediatric chiropractic can help with latch issues

Pediatric chiropractic is an increasingly popular way to treat a variety of physical ailments, especially in infants. One of the most common issues addressed by chiropractic care is latch issue difficulty while breastfeeding. A qualified and experienced pediatric chiropractor can help babies align their jaw, neck, and spine which allows them to better latch onto their mother’s breast. Not only that but this type of specialized treatment can also encourage normal tongue movement and muscle strength, bettering oral motor function which can further aid in a successful bottle or breastfeeding attempts. As a result, the baby and their parents receive the comfort and nutrition that comes with successful feedings, leading to a healthier start to life for both mother and child.

Why a good latch is important for successful breastfeeding

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They are establishing and maintaining a good latch when breastfeeding is absolutely essential to successful nursing sessions. A good latch helps ensure that the baby is receiving enough milk for proper nutrition, as well as helps to reduce discomfort for both mother and baby caused by incorrect positioning or suction. Additionally, ensuring that infants establish a correct latch enables mothers to produce an adequate milk supply—performing an effective sucking action helps increase a mom's milk production over time. Overall, teaching the correct latching technique is one of the most important parts of successful breastfeeding.

How to tell if your baby has a good latch

As a new parent, it is essential to be able to recognize signs that your baby has a good latch while breastfeeding. A good latch means the baby’s lips form a tight seal around the mother’s nipple and part of the areola, typically resulting in the immediate release of milk. The most obvious sign that your infant is latching properly is when their lower jaw moves around vigorously with visible tongue action. This should cause minimal discomfort for the mother as well. As your baby begins to nurse, you will know they have latched on correctly if you can hear swallowing sounds that coincide with the movements of their jaw and you see visible facial expressions from them as they nurse. If there are any concerns about your baby’s latch and subsequent milk intake, be sure to seek medical advice from a lactation consultant or healthcare provider.

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Tips for improving your baby's latch

Learning how to improve your baby's latch can be a daunting task for new and seasoned parents alike. If your baby is having trouble latching on at feedings, you should check with a lactation consultant for more tailored support. In the meantime, there are some tips you can practice that can help improve the latch as well. Try massaging your breasts in a circular motion before feeding, then use a gentle compression technique as you guide your baby onto the breast while their chin points towards the nipple. Tilting their head back slightly will help them open wide and get into a deep latch position. Once your baby is latched, wait at least one minute before adjusting the position to ensure it stays comfortable for both of you. With practice and patience, you'll soon have an improved latch!

If you are a breastfeeding mother and have struggled with latch issues, pediatric chiropractic care may be able to help. A good latch is important for successful breastfeeding, and there are ways to tell if your baby has a good latch. There are also tips for improving your baby's latch. If you need help with your baby's latch, Dallas Synergy Chiropractic is always here to help you in your baby's journey.

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