This is something that I feel very strongly about and want to share with you! Remember my post on getting kids adjusted along with pregnant mamas? Well, this just got taken to a whole other level.
Chiropractic care saved mine and Sophia’s nursing relationship!
Knowing full well that I went to get an adjustment every week (Emma, too) from the time I was 2 months pregnant right up until I was due, you would think I’d have it all figured out. But alas I did not. Sophia was born at 12:37am on Saturday morning, and we immediately started to try to establish nursing (after I finished bleeding a lot) but were unsuccessful. It was not going well. She was getting frustrated and wasn’t latching properly. I started to have flashbacks to my nursing relationship with Emma and tears started to well up. I knew my body was designed to feed my child but was getting frustrated while trying to recover from the trauma of delivery.
It wasn’t until I posted the question on my holistic group that my chiropractor came through yet again! I asked if I would need to start pumping (which I had done along with finger feeding her with a syringe), and if I should use the nipple shield, because I supposedly had flat nipples and I figured her tongue wasn’t coming out far enough. It was then that my chiropractor commented: ‘Chiro ;).’ Ding! The light bulb went off! Of course I should get her adjusted. People get adjusted for so many things that it made sense to get baby girl adjusted. After all, she did just come through the birth canal (rather quickly), so there’s no telling what could have shifted on the way out. I replied: ‘Can you come over ‘…half joking half serious.
I knew she made house visits so I thought I’d throw that out there, since I had no intent of getting in the car to drive the baby at that point. I still had to get stitched up the following day and was hoping the Doctor would come to us. Thankfully, she was able to come over after church and adjust Sophia. I’m sad I didn’t get to witness her first adjustment, since I was in my room getting sewn up, but I could hear the cries coming from the living room.
It turns out baby girl had quite a few issues going on: she fixed Sophia’s jaw, sphenoid bone (palate), C1, and her eyes-the right was higher than the left. Who knew? Seriously, I’m still trying to understand why it didn’t dawn on me to get her adjusted right away. I guess I just thought we would struggle with nursing and to deal with it. What a terrible mindset. When she did latch on, I teared up right away just hearing my daughter gulping and getting my milk. I looked at Josh and he knew what this meant to me. He clearly remembers the crying for a month straight while I threatened to give up nursing Emma. Thank God I didn’t.
Seriously, if mamas knew they could fix their nursing relationships with chiropractic care, how many wouldn’t give up from frustration or bad latches? That’s not to say it’s a cure-all, BUT if it helped us, who’s to say it couldn’t help you or someone you know.
Here are a few things that getting adjusted can help with:
- Bed wetting
- Birth trauma
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Colic/Acid reflux (along with going gluten, dairy, AND soy free–it can be done)
- Common cold
- Ear infections
- Immune function
I will note that I did take Sophia back later in the week and she still had a few issues, but we continue to nurse beautifully. My plan is to keep the weekly adjustments for Emma, Sophia, and myself-it couldn’t hurt. This mama is not taking any chances of messing up this nursing relationship if I can help it. There are other nursing issues that can pop up, like mastitis, which I did get when she was a week old, but I know the adjustments will help play a major role in keeping us going.
What about you? Do you think chiropractic care is
crackery quackery, as my hubby calls it, or has it saved your life? I want to spread the word to every mama I know to see if it couldn’t help them get through some of the stressors of breastfeeding.
**If you need to find a Chiropractor in your area that is family-friendly, check out this site.
Note: Photo from here.