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Newborns & breastfeeding – the chiropractor’s role



Hey there new parents! Have you been struggling with establishing breastfeeding with your newborn? Do you find that your baby has a poor latch or suffers from colic? Well, you may be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can actually play a significant role in addressing these issues.
You might be wondering, how can chiropractic care help with breastfeeding? Well, let me break it down for you. When it comes to breast-feeding and attachment each baby is unique and requires individualised care. Chiropractors who specialise in paediatric care take into account various factors such as your baby’s age, overall health, the birth process you’ve been through and the issues you might be having. Some babies favour one breast and others cannot latch at all. Some have cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) and others have tongue ties.




Success Story

“I have been seeing Dr Gabriella for almost 20 years (since I was a young girl). I have recently had my first baby and couldn’t recommend Gabby’s chiropractic more! Her work is essential…especially in those final months of pregnancy where the body is expanding and changing. Gabby’s care is even more crucial post partum. Labour is a strenuous experience and the female body undergoes 57 units of pain (equivalent to 20 fractures at once). I was sitting there breastfeeding with strong pains in my neck, mid back and lower back…completely overwhelmed on the verge of tears.

Gabby’s healing hands healed my aches & pains. Bubs also got adjusted which helped with latching and breastfeeding immensely.

Thank you Gabby. Your offerings are an essential service.”

Kiah & bub



Gentle Adjustments

One of the key things chiropractors focus on is the alignment of the spine and cranial plates that make up the skull. You see, during the birthing process, the baby’s spine and skull can experience misalignments. These misalignments, also known as subluxations, can potentially affect the nerves and muscles responsible for proper latch and breastfeeding.
By performing gentle adjustments, chiropractors help realign the spine and promote better movement and coordination in the head, neck, and oral structures including the tongue, jaw and swallowing muscles. This, in turn, can greatly improve your baby’s ability to latch properly and breastfeed successfully. Say goodbye to sore nipples and frustrated feeding sessions!


But that’s not all. Chiropractic care also addresses another common issue faced by many newborns – colic. Colic can be distressing for both babies and parents, causing excessive crying and discomfort. Chiropractors understand that colic can often be related to misalignments in the spine and cranial plates which affect the nerves to the gut, leading to digestive issues and discomfort.
Through specialised techniques such as working on the stomach and bowel and cranial work, chiropractors can help alleviate these restrictions and promote better digestive function. This can provide immense relief for your baby and result in a much happier, calmer little one.


Now, you might be thinking, how safe is chiropractic care for newborns? Rest assured, chiropractors who specialise in paediatric care are highly trained in working with infants. They use gentle, safe techniques that are appropriate for the delicate nature of your baby’s developing body.
In addition to chiropractic care, it’s important to note that our chiropractors also work closely with other healthcare providers involved in your baby’s care. This includes lactation consultants and pediatricians. By taking a collaborative approach, we ensure a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your baby’s unique needs.

Help is at hand

So, if you’re a parent struggling with breastfeeding or colic issues consider a consult at Buderim Chiropractic as Dr Marni and Dr Gabriella are both trained in paediatric care and have a special interest in newborns. Our expertise and individualised approach can provide valuable support and guidance on your journey towards improving your newborn’s breastfeeding experience.
Remember, chiropractic care offers a safe, gentle, and effective approach to supporting newborns with breastfeeding and colic. By addressing spinal misalignments, performing cranial work, and incorporating organ techniques, we can help alleviate restrictions and promote better movement and coordination in the head, neck, and oral structures.
Don’t let breastfeeding and colic issues discourage you from enjoying the beautiful bonding experience of breastfeeding. Seek our help and give your little one the best start in life.

About the author
Hi! I’m Gabby. I’m a chiropractor and I’m on a mission to teach others how to look after their bodies in meaningful ways by making small lifestyle changes that will have a big impact over time. I help people to create peace in their own body. Find me on Facebook and in my practice ‘Buderim Chiropractic’.



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