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Evaluation and Treatment of Breastfeeding Difficulties Associated with Cervicocranial Dysfunction

Evaluation and Treatment of Breastfeeding Difficulties Associated with Cervicocranial Dysfunction:
A Chiropractic Perspective

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SOURCE:   J Clin Chiropractic Pediatrics 2016 (Dec); 15 (3): 1301

Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP

Private Practice,
KIDSPACE Adaptive Play and Wellness,
South Windsor, Connecticut, USA


Increasingly, parents are presenting to the chiropractic office with the chief complaint of breastfeeding dysfunction. Early and consistent breastfeeding support is paramount to the dyad’s ability to establish a functional breastfeeding relationship. It is critical that chiropractors treating this population recognize feeding dysfunction and understand the mechanics of breastfeeding, what might alter those mechanics, and the importance of the role of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in supporting the restoration of functional breastfeeding after the chiropractic adjustments have reduced the neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) dysfunction. This paper outlines some of the mechanical dysfunctions that might interfere with the normal transfer of milk for a neonate.

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Key Words:   Chiropractic, breastfeeding, breastfeeding difficulties, biomechanics, pediatric, neonate


From the Full-Text Article:

Introduction

Increasingly parents are presenting to the chiropractic office with the chief complaint of breastfeeding dysfunction. Through the efforts of organizations like La Leche League International [1, 2] and the International Association of Tongue Tie Professionals (IATP), [3] books [4, 5] and professional publications, [6–15] and a boom in activity on social media of both professionals and concerned parents, [16, 17] The International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and other healthcare providers (such as midwives, nurses in the hospital, pediatric office and homecare settings, and pediatricians) who support the nursing dyad are becoming more familiar with and adept at recognizing neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) dysfunction that might interfere with breastfeeding.

As has been previously described, [18] it is important that early and consistent breastfeeding support be implemented to assist the dyad’s ability to establish a functional breastfeeding relationship. Therefore, chiropractors working with this population should understand the mechanics of breastfeeding, what might alter those mechanics, and recognize the importance of the IBCLC in supporting the restoration of functional breastfeeding after the chiropractic adjustments have reduced the NMSK dysfunction. [6, 10] The purpose of this paper is to outline some of the mechanical dysfunctions that might interfere with the normal transfer of milk for a neonate.


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