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Chiropractic Evaluation and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in Infants Demonstrating Difficulty Breastfeeding

Objective: Breastfeeding during the first year of an infant's life is currently supported and promoted by lactation consultants, midwives, naturopaths, c chiropractors, and allopathic physicians. In 1997, the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 1998, the World Health Organization published their position papers that advocated breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. This study was to investigate problems interfering with a successful breastfeeding experience and to see if proper lactation management, with the chiropractor actin as a member of a multidisciplinary support team, can help to assure a healthy bonding experience between mother and infant.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that biomechanical dysfunction based on articular or muscular integrity may influence the ability of an infant to suckle successfully and that intervention via soft tissue work, cranial therapy, and spinal adjustments may have a direct result in improving the infant's ability to suckle efficiently.

Vallone S, Journal of Clinical ChiropracticPediatrics, 2004; 6(1):349-61. http://www.sotousa.org/frames.html