Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy way to nourish your baby, but sometimes latching issues can make it a stressful experience. The added tension for both the baby and the mother can create added emotional distress to what should be a beautiful and connecting experience. Here are some signs that your baby may be struggling to latch:
- Shallow latch: Your baby only grabs the nipple tip, leading to insufficient milk transfer and frustration.
- Tongue tie: A tight membrane under the tongue restricts tongue movement, hindering proper latch.
- Torticollis: Head tilt due to neck muscle tightness can make positioning for breastfeeding difficult.
- Facial asymmetry: Uneven facial features may indicate oral motor limitations impacting latch.
- Clicking sounds: Your baby may make clicking sounds while feeding due to difficulty latching or sucking effectively.
Impact on both baby and mother:
Latching difficulties can lead to frustration for both baby and mother, causing nipple pain, low milk supply, and insufficient weight gain for the baby. Seeking help from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and pediatrician as soon as concerns arise can make a significant difference in resolving feeding challenges quickly and effectively. An IBCLCs can assess your baby’s tongue tie, oral anatomy, and overall feeding technique, providing invaluable support with latching improvement and troubleshooting any underlying anatomical challenges. With a team approach involving your pediatrician, IBCLC, and chiropractor, you can create a nurturing environment for your baby to thrive and enjoy the connection and nourishment of breastfeeding.
How can chiropractic care help?
Gentle chiropractic adjustments can address underlying structural or muscular issues that may be contributing to latching problems. By relieving tension in the neck, jaw, and facial muscles, a pediatric chiropractor like Dr. Teri can help improve your baby’s oral motor control and facilitate a deeper, more comfortable latch.
Benefits of chiropractic care for latching issues:
- Improved tongue movement and flexibility for better latching
- Reduced neck and jaw tension for optimal positioning
- Enhanced suckling reflex and feeding efficiency
- Decreased nipple pain and frustration for mothers
- Promotion of healthy weight gain for babies
Remember, with the right support, both you and your baby can enjoy the beautiful experience of breastfeeding.
You can find a list of local IBCLC’s in the Cincinnati area here (https://uslca.org/resources/find-a-lactation-consultant-map/#!directory/map/rad=030/zip=cincinnati)
Note: These articles are for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for professional medical advice. Always consult with your pediatrician or a qualified pediatric chiropractor before seeking any form of treatment for your baby.