Is your baby having difficulty latching on properly? Have you been feeling helpless watching your child cry due to his/her inability to breastfeed? Have you tried all means to coax your baby to feed from your breast but have not succeeded? Did you know there is an all-natural alternative called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?
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Breastfeeding is a critical stage in a newborn child’s development. It plays a major role in long-term health protection, disease-prevention, overall development and psychological attachment of the child to the mother. Breastfeeding is considered the most economical and effective method of weaning your child out of the secure environment of your womb to a more challenging external environment. However, difficult deliveries and long labor can put the baby under a lot of stress as they are twisted, compressed or stuck in one position for a long time. C-sections and having to spend time in the NICU may separate the mother and child during a critical time. Extreme tension can be difficult to deal with and present as difficulty in breastfeeding (latching or sucking). OMT has been helpful in dealing with these issues.
A lot of breast-feeding issues arise from the trauma of giving birth. The baby’s bones of the skull are designed to be as free as possible to allow for the passage through the birth canal. Sometimes they can get stuck, which will affect the nerves that play a major role in breastfeeding. One focus in my osteopathic treatments is correcting anatomical dysfunction to allow for better function. For example, one of the bones at the base of the skull is called the occiput. In newborns, the occiput is in 4 different parts, and one of the cranial nerves, called the hypoglossal nerve, travels between these parts. The hypoglossal nerve’s purpose is to help with the sucking reflex. Now, if you imagine a traumatic birth experience where the bones of the occiput squished this nerve, then the sucking reflex of the newborn would not be as strong or work as well as when the nerve wasn’t being squished. My job would be to help restore the bones to where they’re supposed to be so it takes pressure off this nerve and the baby can have an easier time latching and sucking on the nipple.
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