Infant Latching Problems
I’d like to talk a little bit about latching issues, because honestly, it’s probably one of the most common things that I see with infants coming into my office. They are brought in because they have difficulties nursing from the breast or the bottle. So, first Moms, I want you to know that you’re not alone. This problem can lead to painful nipples, lack of sleep and frustration for Mom and health issues, failure to gain weight, lack of sleep and frustration for your baby. This is a really common problem, and it’s also a correctable problem.
Don’t give up and remember that it takes the time that it takes.
I wish that I could see your baby one time and have it corrected, but that’s not how it goes. It usually takes several visits to correct any issues or stresses within the infant’s spine and nervous system before we see results. It’s a gradual process, and sometimes we see results and regressions, and we have to do what we do, and take the time to correct the problem. And then, the problem is corrected and everyone is happy.
Most of the time, after we examine your baby, we find that it is indeed a chiropractic issue. Maybe baby is not able to open up her mouth wide enough. Maybe he is not good at sucking. Sometimes, there is tension or stress in the jaw, or it doesn’t open straight as it should. Maybe there is tension in the muscles of the neck, and pressure on the nervous system, especially at the very top of the neck. The very first and second bones of the neck as well as the base of the skull are areas that we pay particular attention to, to make sure that there’s no stress and interference, because that’s where the nerves travel from, to supply and give function to all of the muscles and the tongue especially. Studies have shown that this area is extremely prone to subluxation as a result of the birth process.
So, latching issues are common. They’re easily corrected. And you also need to make sure that you’re consulting regularly with your lactation consultant as well, to help with the continued ability of the infant to latch. Lets get a good latch, a good feeding, a satisfying bond, better sleep and a healthy baby!
I can’t wait to see you and get your baby back on tracks!
Dr. Linda Slak