August is National breastfeeding awareness month and whether you are an expectant mom, a new mom who is breastfeeding, or you are a mom with older children, this article is for you! I will explore different ways you can benefit from chiropractic care and breastfeeding and detail how they go hand in hand. Even if you’re not nursing, make sure to check out the tips below as they can help you raise happy, healthy kids.
How Chiropractic Care and Breastfeeding Go Hand-in-Hand
As the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) celebrates August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we turn our attention to mothers and breastfeeding.
You may already be aware that breastfeeding helps babies in many different ways as it can protect newborns from different types of illnesses and prevent allergies from developing in babies in the future.
Additionally, breastfeeding has been linked with helping babies to lower the risk of childhood obesity as well as helping to reduce the risk of SIDS. It’s also been noted that babies who breastfeed tend to have a higher intelligence level because they are cuddled more and have the emotional support of their mothers.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care and Breastfeeding
The CDC estimates that about 77 percent of mothers breastfeed. If you choose to breastfeed, it can help reduce the risk of different types of symptoms such as postpartum depression, and it can help with losing that baby weight. But did you also know that breastfeeding can reduce anxiety and tension? Breastfeeding has other benefits, too. It’s helpful for mothers in reducing different types of risk factors as it relates to breast cancer.
How Chiropractic Care Soothes
Chiropractic care is essential for moms whether you are expecting your first child or you already have children. As a holistic approach to medicine, chiropractic care has several benefits.
Chiropractic care has been known to help to calm mothers and it can be very soothing for you especially if you are feeling anxious about your pregnancy. As you focus on getting regular adjustments, this can also help you to prepare for your segue into your birthing classes. To decrease various amounts of stress and anxiety, it is helpful to have chiropractic care and whether it’s an adjustment, ultrasound, or if you have any stim-related treatment, it can be very calming and soothing to your tense muscles and any weight-bearing pain from that growing bundle of joy!
Breastfeeding, “Latching On,” and Milk Production
Breastfeeding is an excellent choice for feeding an infant for various reasons and these can include immunological, neurological, digestive, developmental, nutritional, mental, emotional and psychological standpoints. As most mothers tend to breastfeed ideally from the first day their baby is born up to about six months, this can vary from one mother to the next.
Some mothers may find that they have a problem where the baby may have difficulty “latching on” or breastfeeding, and this is something that you can speak with your doctor about or you can also find out about a lactation consult which can help as you speak to a nurse practitioner about ways to encourage your baby to suckle – It’s new for babies, too!
Birth Trauma, Wellness Exams, and Your Baby
Ways that you can help with milk production include adding a newborn’s wellness evaluation into your chiropractic care and speaking to your chiropractor about your baby’s birth to discuss more in-depth how the baby was born. This can help to explain any trauma that took place – like if your baby was born breech, so that your chiropractor can explain the types of stress that can be placed on an infant’s spine or cranium.
A lactation consultation may help and there may be appropriate hospital personnel who you can speak to about the baby’s birth and any issues they had with suckling. You may also want to speak with your chiropractor about any musculoskeletal trauma that the baby may have endured. This can include trauma to the joints, the neck, the head, and muscles.
Treatment for Postpartum Depression
Chiropractic care can also be beneficial if you’ve had a pregnancy and you’re concerned about postpartum depression. This is a type of disorder that can affect mothers who have just recently had their babies and it can last for a number of years.
Women need to seek help if they find that they have untreated episodes of depression after their baby was born because this can cause them to detach from their babies and this is something that a doctor can help you with. What you want to ensure it is that it does not lead to long-term anxiety or severe bouts of depression as this can affect your baby’s overall development and growth.
There are different types of medications that you can speak to your doctor about if you’re having concerns with anxiety and you can also ask about holistic approaches. Chiropractic care is one beneficial area that can help you as regular adjustments can release endorphins and tense muscles. By getting rid of the toxins in the body and getting your spine realigned, this can help to decrease anxiety and signs of depression.
How Chiropractic Care Supports Motherhood
There are lots of great benefits to chiropractic care. It can help you to sleep better as an adjustment can help to improve your rest for starters. If you are pregnant, with the alignment of the spine this also helps to better position the baby and as you rest more the baby will rest more, too.
If you’ve already had your baby then your chiropractic adjustment can help because you may find that it will help you to produce more milk when you have your regular adjustments.
You may also find that chiropractic care and adjustments can help to minimize varying mood swings as it relates to your hormones and your estrogen level.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Use these key points to help you and if you’re thinking about chiropractic care to increase milk production and to release anxiety and tension:
- Rest: Increasing your rest by getting a good night’s sleep. You and the baby will sleep more and you’ll have more alert/awake time to play with your baby.
- Diet: Eating a healthy diet that is vitamin and nutrient rich in fruits and vegetables. Your diet should also include a lot of water, healthy nuts, and whole grains.
- Exercise: Staying active through exercise and walking. Even if you walk with your baby for 10 minutes a day it can help to reduce the amount of stress and tension on the body and when you have your adjustments regularly, they can help to line up your spine and put your body into a more relaxed state.
- Support: Having a good support system. This may include your friends and family or it can be other mothers and your doctors who can help you to connect with the feelings you’re experiencing with your pregnancy or with your newborn child and older children.
- Mood: Scheduling time to relax. Every mother needs time for meditation, stretching, acupuncture or yoga and even putting on soft music and having a massage and going for your chiropractic adjustments.
Tips for Non-Nursing Moms
Regular chiropractic care can help to keep our bodies in optimal condition. With the release of tighten muscles and strained nerves and muscles, it can help to release tightness, tension and nerve pain. Chiropractic care is also non-evasive, it can encourage self-awareness and chiropractic care provides the first course of defense against illness.
Are You Experiencing Sciatica After Your Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care is also recommended for new moms who may have lower back pain or even persistent neck pain, or post delivery pain from the birth of their baby. This may be tied to the position of the baby as you drew closer to your third trimester.
You may also want to see a chiropractor for pain related to the symptoms that you incurred after your pregnancy and due to labor. This can sometimes be associated with pushing the baby through the birth canal as the pelvis may have been misaligned in order to deliver the baby.
The Importance of Chiropractic Care After a Baby is Born
Moms should get a full exam and consider chiropractic care after your baby is born because you may be experiencing:
- pain from carrying the baby
- poor posture from the way that you’re breastfeeding and holding the baby
- a lack of sleep or if you’re not able to exercise and you feel lethargic because you’re up around the clock with the baby
- pain associated with carrying older children where you have to lift them and carry them and also manipulate strollers in awkward positions and this can contribute to muscle and joint pain
If you find the any of these conditions postpartum that relate to you, you may want to speak with your chiropractor who can help better assess any upper back pain, headaches, neck pain, coccyx or tailbone pain, sciatica related numbness in your back, thighs, legs or but, as well as low back pain and symphysis pubic dysfunction.
Talk to your doctor today and if you have any questions you can always contact us here at Williams Integracare Clinic. We’re here to help.