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Breastfeeding and Latching Difficulty Helped with Chiropractic

Posted By On 03 Nov 2015
Resolution of breastfeeding and latching difficulty following subluxation based chiropractic care

Review of: Resolution of breastfeeding and latching difficulty following subluxation based chiropractic care

Breastfeeding is instinctual and natural.  With the many benefits of breastfeeding identified recently by scientists, we are back again to how we were naturally feeding babies from the start.  Now, mothers who are finding difficulty with breastfeeding are trying much harder to get their baby to latch on and feed.  This article highlights the importance of breastfeeding and the impact Chiropractic can have on a baby who is having difficulty latching and breastfeeding.

Resolution of breastfeeding and latching difficulty following subluxation based chiropractic care

The case that this article describes about a four week old baby girl who was unable to effectively latch follows closely to my personal experiences at home and in practice.  Breastfeeding is much more difficult that my wife and I had realized.  Fortunately my daughter continuously improved her instinctual skill of feeding, although it did take effort.  While my wife committed to practice the teamwork required between mother and daughter, I regularly checked my daughter’s neck and jaw.  After adjusting any subluxated segments in my daughter’s neck she continuously had more success at latching and breastfeeding.  This made it much easier on our little girl to thrive! In my Chiropractic practice I see the same thing in the infants that I care for.

subluxation in the neck can impede the ability of “a newborn infant [to use] half of its cranial nerves, twenty two bones connecting at thirty four sutures; and sixty voluntary and involuntary muscles to suck, swallow and breathe in a coordinated activity [while breastfeeding].”  The ease of a specific Chiropractic adjustment to help a baby latch on and breastfeed should make it a first choice when having difficulty breastfeeding.  However, I have heard of more and more babies having their tongues “clipped” in order to help them feed.

Being tongue-tied (ankyloglossia) was routinely addressed right away before any functional problems were observed. Now it is done much less and only if there are difficulties with feeding.  This is discussed in Dr Luisa Dillner’s health dilemma: should you cut your baby’s tongue-tie?  A frenulotomy may address the tongue-tie, but not all babies who are tongue-tied have difficulty feeding… If you want to avoid or postpone clipping the tongue (or a frenulotomy), perhaps a chiropractic check-up is in order first!?

Try Chiropractic first and improve your baby’s instinctual ability to latch on and breastfeed.

Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever

Review of: Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulties and Plagiocephaly in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care

This is another Chiropractic research paper that describes the case of an infant who was having difficulty breastfeeding as well as with his skull shape.  The paper is from April 2016 and published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health.  This young infant thrived during his Chiropractic care!  Read the highlighted points below and access the article from the link below:

Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulties and Plagiocephaly in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care

“This case report describes the chiropractic care of an infant presenting for care with breastfeeding difficulties and Plagiocephaly.”

“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 addition, breastfeeding can lead to increased mother-infant bonding and an overall decrease in infant morbidity and hospitalization rates. Mothers benefit by faster return to pre-pregnancy weights. Despite these known advantages for breastfeeding, there are both maternal as well as infant factors that can lead to breastfeeding difficulties.”

Breast feeding and lower respiratory tract illness in the first year of life. Group Health Medical Associates.

Protective effect of breast feeding against infection.

Differences in morbidity between breast-fed and formula-fed infants

Lactation and weight retention.

“A 2-week old male presented for chiropractic consultation and possible care at a chiropractic clinical training centre with a chief complaint of difficulties latching to breastfeed.”

“Postural examination revealed the patient’s head to be rotated to the right in a fixed position. Palpation revealed subluxations at the C1, the T4 and T11 vertebral levels as well as at the S1.”

“The patient received chiropractic adjustments using manual digital pressure.”

“The patient responded well to care following his first set of adjustments and with noticeable improvement with his latching difficulties.”

“A decrease in frenulum size was noticed at the patient’s third visit. By the 10th visit the patient’s frenulum was no longer visible.”


Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever

Another blog you may be intersted in is one by our Mississauga Naturopath Dr. Kirsten Almon.  She shared a video highlighting how vaginal birth and breastfeeding influence our immune system and our metabolism for life! Check it out here.


This information and linked articles should be taken for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for health care advice. Enjoy these testimonials. However, a result for one patient may not be typical of all patients. Our aim is to help you have an excellent experience at our Mississauga office and to help you reach your health goals.

Dr. Callum Peever

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health. He is a registered Chiropractor in Ontario and a member of College of Chiropractors of Ontario. He is also the Co-President and treasurer of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.

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