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Nursing & Feeding Difficulties

For parents who choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, Balanced Body Chiropractic is here to support you. Our team are especially interested in supporting the needs of breastfeeding mothers and the feeding difficulties of their babies. Chiropractic care may assist with attachment and feeding patterns in breastfed and bottle fed babies.

Breastfeeding problems can be daunting, as can difficulties bottle feeding babies. Our relaxed and stress-free approach may be able to address attachment difficulty, identify tongue-tie and suckling/swallowing patterns with your baby. We can also address postural difficulties parents and nursing mothers commonly experience with feeding.

Breastfeeding Difficulty

Breastfeeding is a natural process that is instinctive. Babies want to feed and respond to light tough on their cheeks by turning the head to find the breast. The act of feeding for a baby involves many muscles in their body from their head to their stomach. Difficulties feeding can be attributed to:

  • Subluxation in the head and neck
  • Subluxation to the shoulders
  • Torticollis
  • Altered muscular tone of the tongue
  • Tongue-tie restriction
  • Poor control of the muscles in the diaphragm.
  • Stressful feeding environment

Chiropractic Care for Feeding

There are many possible factors that may contribute to feeding difficulty and many can benefit from a chiropractic approach. In a manner that is appropriate for babies; the tongue, head, neck, abdomen, diaphragm and spine of your baby will be examined to determine if chiropractic care is appropriate. The techniques employed by Balanced Body chiropractic are focused on releasing and restoring the neural communication from the spine and nerves to the muscles that enable successful feeding and stress-free nursing. In cases of tongue-tie restriction, soft tissue and stretching techniques may assist your baby in latching correctly. Advice for surgical referral is also available if required. Postural care for parents is also important to minimise strains when feeding your baby - we can provide advice and assistance to ensure a safe posture and feeding style is adopted for parent and baby.