Why Is My Baby Refusing To Latch? Can Chiropractic Help Latching Problems During Breastfeeding?
A study published on April 25, 2016, in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented the case of an infant who was having difficulties with breastfeeding being helped with chiropractic care.
The authors of this study begin by noting the seriousness of breastfeeding problems. Breastfeeding difficulties in the newborn can have dire consequences. Beyond the obvious need for sustenance, studies indicate that breastfed infants have fewer ear and respiratory tract infections, diarrheal illnesses, and atopic skin disorders.
In this case, a 2-week-old boy was brought to the chiropractor for help with difficulties of latching to breastfeed. The infant had not had any previous medical care for this problem and was not on any medication. Examination of the baby’s abdomen and lungs were normal, as were his neurological reflexes.
The history also showed that the baby was born vaginally by vacuum extraction. In many cases, this procedure can lead to damage and nerve impingement of the structure of the upper neck. This process is known as subluxation.
Palpation of the spine along with visual inspection led to the conclusion that multiple subluxations were present in this infant’s spine. With parental consent, the infant started receiving specific forms of adjustments designed for infants.
The study reports that the infant started showing improvement early in care. Over a period of four months, the infant continued to improve to the point where there was no longer a problem breastfeeding.
The authors reviewed additional literature on chiropractic helping breastfeeding problems and found 24 articles and research on this issue showing similar findings to their own. A common thread through all these studies was the finding of subluxations in the child or infant’s spine. Correction of the subluxations led to the positive results.
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