Methods: 25 infants demonstrating difficulties breastfeeding were evaluated for biomechanical dysfunction potentially resulting in an inability to suckle successfully. The biomechanics of 10 breastfeeding infants without complaint were also evaluated for comparison.
Results: An overview of the infants with breastfeeding difficulty revealed imbalanced musculoskeletal action as compared to the infants without difficulty breastfeeding. Utilization of soft tissue therapies and chiropractic adjustments of the cranium and spine resulted in improved nursing in over 80% of the patients.
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.
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