Like many mothers, you probably want nothing more than to give your baby the absolute best. Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy option for your baby and probably one of the best things you can do for him or her, as it provides essential nutrients, promotes digestion, and helps with the baby's development. But even moms with the best intentions can struggle to nurse their baby. While seeking advice from other moms or even professional help from lactation consultants can be beneficial, it may not address the root cause of nursing problems, leaving you back at square one and feeling as frustrated as ever. But before giving up, consider chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor. What many moms don’t know is that spinal misalignments in babies can cause chaos within the body, including difficulties nursing.
What Causes Nursing Struggles to Begin With?
Nursing isn’t always as easy as it seems. Unforeseen troubles can cause lead to frustration and feelings of failure when trying to nurse your baby. For instance, some babies may have trouble latching on to the breast, while others may be able to latch but struggle to suck. Babies may also prefer one side to another which can cause problems for mom, such as engorgement or lack of supply. If you are experiencing troubles nursing, know that you are not alone. Before throwing in the towel, see what chiropractic care can do for you and your little one. Dr Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can help by providing natural, safe, and neurologically-based chiropractic care.
Breastfeeding and Spinal Misalignments
Spinal misalignments can cause a slew of health issues for both moms and babies. Because the spine is key to the function of the central nervous system, any misalignment can cause nerve interference that can wreak havoc on the body. Passing through the birth canal can cause spinal misalignments in babies. A traumatic birth of any kind, such as the use of a vacuum or forceps or other birthing interventions to deliver baby, almost always results in misalignments of the spine. These misalignments can lead to troubles latching or sucking, and they can also cause the baby to only want to turn their head one way and not the other, which is why they may prefer a certain side when eating. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Niemela has worked with many women who have experienced frustration with breastfeeding, and he always works to correct spinal misalignments and ease nursing struggles for moms and babies through gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic Benefits Nursing Mothers
For years, chiropractors have studied the effects of chiropractic care for improving health and wellness, including nursing infants. Case studies show the incredible benefits others have experienced from undergoing regular chiropractic care. One such case study found that an 8-day-old baby who struggled to nurse because of latching problems and an inability to suck properly had several spinal misalignments. After receiving regular chiropractic care, nursing difficulties were dissolved and the overall breastfeeding experience significantly increased for both mom and baby.
If you are struggling to nurse, find out more about how chiropractic care can help improve your breastfeeding experience. Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to set up an appointment so that you can enjoy every moment with your little one.
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