Many moms-to-be look forward to a great nursing relationship with their baby as soon as they are born. This will be natural and easy, many would think, but nursing issues are more common than most people know. A baby is born with rooting and sucking reflexes that help them find the breast as well as start to suck. There are a number of things that can get in the way of these reflexes, such as position in-utero and the birthing process. The cranial adjustment we do at AHN helps to balance out the sphenoid bone, where the nerves that control these reflexes go through. Most of the time, this relieves pressure on these cranial nerves, helping improve nursing or bottle feeding.
Many of our little patients that we see for this also co-treat with a lactation specialist and some are evaluated and treated for a lip and/or tongue tie. Our doctors are happy to discuss these options and make recommendations during your visit.