for many mothers, breastfeeding is a source of much stress, discomfort, worry and self-blame. breastfeeding is the natural feeding preference of the newborn, however there are many things that can make it difficult or impossible for a mother to supply milk to her baby
This can often have negative effects on a mother’s self-esteem, bonding with her baby and can even contribute to symptoms of post-natal depression. There are many ways in which Osteopaths can help to ensure breastfeeding goes as smoothly as possible. For example, Osteopaths assess and treat babies as young as a few days old and can help in determining the cause of discomfort from colic, wind and reflux that can affect how a baby feeds. By releasing restrictions through the jaw, face and neck (often caused by the birth process or a traumatic birth), difficulties latching which creates undue friction on the breast and nipple, can be addressed. For mums, the Osteopath can assist in releasing any restrictions or tightness through the upper shoulders and chest to ensure baby and mum find comfort during breastfeeding moments. Furthermore, the Osteopath can help to gently restore good and free lymph and fluid flow through the breast, helping to ease the occurrence and recurrence of mastitis.
For the full article: www.sportsandspinalgroup.com.au on Nov. 15, 2016