Chiropractic and Lactation

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Chiropractic

To promote a healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes be sure to include chiropractic care as one of your health care tools. Prenatal chiropractic care can reduce the discomforts of pregnancy, reduce and prevent uterine torsion, decrease pain during birth, enhance maternal nerve function, and allow for a healthy, safe, optimal birth experience.

Chiropractic care postpartum can allow for a faster recovery, and help the joints return to pre-pregnancy function. A pediatric assessment of baby can also be a valuable part of postpartum care. Even a great, natural birth can be hard on the baby. Some infants maintain poor womb positioning or suffer from birth trauma, which can affect their structural and neurological development, decrease their ability to nurse effectively or even be comforted.

Lactation

Many women make the awesome decision to breastfeed. But for many, breastfeeding does not go as easily as anticipated. There are many different reasons problems arise:

  • modern birth practices
  • falsely elevated birth weights
  • premature birth
  • formula supplementation
  • use of a nipple shield
  • improper latch
  • incorrect positioning
  • maternal health problems
  • birth trauma resulting in mechanical/neurological deficits
  • lack of support
  • tongue/lip tie
  • scheduling feedings, etc.

Sadly, many women are simply given bad advice from well meaning health care providers, family, friends, mommy blogs, and even other lactation consultants. When things start to go wrong, both mom and baby become frustrated and many women feel like a “failure”, and the problem begins to spiral out of control. But it does not have to be this way! A woman’s body is incredible, you have the ability to create a brain, two kidneys, lungs, a heart, digestive system, a whole new complex life. Making milk is the easy part! Learning to trust your body, and the millions of years of evolution that went into the mother-infant relationship is the first step.

Contacting a private practice lactation counselor is the next move. You and baby will be provided with a thorough health history, assessment and examination of mom’s breasts, baby’s latch, position, baby’s mouth, etc. If low milk supply is of concern, pre- and post- feeding weights can be measured, to observe if adequate milk is being transferred during a feeding. After the feed a diagnosis can be made as well as correction of the problem and plan to get mom and baby back on the right track.