Treating our youngest with care
Our caring team specializes in a range of services for infants and youth, whether you are seeking chiropractic care or craniopathy for breastfeeding support, tongue tie, or any other health issue.
Breastfeeding not only strengthens the bond between a mother and her child, but it also brings nutritional and other health benefits. While it may not be the route for everyone, many mothers who want to breastfeed but struggle with it can walk away feeling discouraged and defeated.
We want to reassure you — breastfeeding is not something that always comes “naturally”.
Occasionally, babies have dietary sensitivities that cause them so much gastric upset that they no longer breastfeed well. Biomechanical issues of the spine or cranium, or structural issues such as tongue tie, can also make breastfeeding challenging.
When breastfeeding starts or becomes difficult, a mother may not know where to turn. We want to be a caring resource for you.
Reasons to consider a chiropractic consultation for breastfeeding:
If your baby is experiencing:
If you are experiencing:
Infant Biomechanical & Structural Issues
Our chiropractic physicians at Turning Point can determine if there is a biomechanical issue of the spine or cranium that is inhibiting a baby from latching properly, if there is a dietary issue that is causing the baby to be unhappy at the breast, or if there is a structural component that is not allowing proper transfer of milk from mom to baby.
Chiropractic care and craniopathy aim to find the source of the tension or torsion that is causing these asymmetries and misalignments which lead to a poor breastfeeding relationship.
Structural issues that inhibit breastfeeding can include tongue-tie, lip-tie, and buccal ties. In order to have a proper latch, a baby must be able to open his/her mouth wide, get the mother’s nipple deep into their mouth and placed properly into the palate, bring his/her tongue to the gum line and keep it there, all while waving the back area of the tongue to form a seal and suction so that breastmilk can be extracted from the breast. A “tied” baby will not be able to perform one or more of these functions. There are many levels of severity for tongue, lip and buccal ties.
Biomechanical issues may present in a number of ways that you may observe:
At Turning Point Wellness Center, if we have any indication that there is a tie present that is inhibiting function, we will refer you to a tongue-tie specialist for a consultation and possible revision of the ties. Many of the specialists we refer to recommend several sessions of body work prior to release of any ties. We will also refer for a lactation consultation, if necessary, to help a mother navigate through breastfeeding.