For the mother and baby, breastfeeding should be a pain-free and peaceful experience. Over 90% of new mothers have difficulties breastfeeding within 3 days after birth, with only 13% exclusively breastfeeding until the recommended 6 months.
The first step is to not give up and know there is help. Consult with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in your area.
As a chiropractor, I examine and treat babies using the gentle techniques to help babies get a better latch and breastfeed. To breastfeed properly, babies should be able to turn their heads side to side (to drink from both breasts). Babies also need to be able to bring their head back (into extension), and open their mouth wide. A deep latch allows babies drink milk with ease.
I also help moms with breastfeeding ergonomics so they do not develop neck, shoulder or wrist pain, and with issues related to breast pain or possible blocked ducts.
Not all chiropractors are specialized to help with breastfeeding. I am working towards a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, and completing the requirements to be an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.