Breastfeeding is an important and sacred part of becoming a new mother. The process can be easy for some, and difficult for others. Did you know that chiropractic services can help you AND your baby more comfortable during breastfeeding? There are many pressures of being a new mother, but one of them should not be pain in your neck and back.
If a mother is in pain during breastfeeding the pain can affect her milk production. If your body is in pain each time you are breastfeeding then your mind will assume that breastfeeding is the problem. What is actually the case is that the majority of breastfeeding mothers are hunched over and looking down at their baby during breast feeding. This can cause underlying problems in the back and neck due to the frequency of feedings. It is important that new moms are sitting in comfortable chairs with arm rests and using support pillows as much as possible when breastfeeding their babies. This will take some of the stress off of your shoulders, neck and back while your baby is nursing.
Another main concern of chiropractors in new mothers is that they are wearing the proper bra for breastfeeding. A nursing bra should have wider straps than a normal bra, and should be fitted so that there is not increased stress on the back for the mother in order to avoid further spine problems down the road. It’s important that mothers are getting postpartum treatment here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in order to assure that they are well adjusted and keep their nervous system free from interference.
Breastfeeding and daily life can also be difficult for the infant as well as the mother. The natural birthing process puts a lot of stress on your baby’s body as well as your own. While breastfeeding comes naturally to some babies, to others it is more difficult. Adjustments on an infant or baby soon after birth can help the baby in nursing easier. Babies that have difficulty latching often respond well to chiropractic adjustments. Babies who prefer nursing on one side sometimes are suffering from issues in their upper cervical spine! This can lead to pain or discomfort for the babies if they are trying to breastfeed on one side or the other, which can lead to trouble latching.
Here at OSR our chiropractors are able to help you from day one of your pregnancy until after the baby is born! If you have any questions or concerns give us a call at 488-5555!