Breastfeeding difficulties, how to recognise them and see if an osteopath can help?

Mothers struggling to breastfeed their babies must understand that breastfeeding requires babies to have total control and range of movements of their tongues, jaws and neck.

MUSCULOSKELETAL BREADFEEDING SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE

  • Distress or discomfort when baby is being positioned for breast feeding. Normally baby feeds better on one side
  • Ineffective suckling, often giving the mother sore nipples
  • Difficulty in achieving an effective latch, often due to not opening the mouth wide enough
  • Milk dripping out of the mouth while baby is feeding
  • Baby arching their back when feeding
  • Baby pushing off the breast

HERE IS HOW OSTEOPATHY MAY BE A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO BREASTFEEDING PROBLEMS:

  • An osteopath will be able to diagnose if your baby does have a musculoskeletal problem that is contributing to breastfeeding issues
  • Osteopaths can release some of the tension in your baby’s neck and jaw muscles so your baby can latch more effectively – reducing swallowing of air
  • Osteopaths should be able to tell if tension in the baby’s jaw or a tongue tie, could be causing the baby to have difficulty latching and sucking

If there is a restriction in the cervical spine, Osteopath’s can advise on a modified feeding posture and be able to gently release any restrictions in the cervical spine and babies jaw which may enable easier feeding.