The World Health Organization recommended that infants be breastfed for the first 6 months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with compatible foods for up to 2 years or more.
The American Academy of Pediatrics agreed that increased duration of breastfeeding provides significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother. The benefits for children include decreased number of ear infections, gastroenteritis, lower risk of obesity, and lower risk of asthma.
The current study involved a four-week-old female infant who was unable to effectively latch onto her mother’s left breast when held in the traditional cradle position or any other position. Her mother reported that chiropractic care was recommended by a lactation specialist, but her mother was unable to schedule an appointment until the following week. Otherwise, the patient appeared to be healthy with no abnormalities in her neurological and orthopedic tests.
The doctor of chiropractic found that the patient had a left head tilt and a total body posture that leaned to the left. By examination with palpation, the doctor of chiropractic found tight muscles in her right jaw joint, left neck and middle back areas. In addition, the doctor of chiropractic found several misalignments in the patient’s sacrum, middle back, neck, and cranium.
The infant began chiropractic care and was adjusted using the full-spine Diversified chiropractic technique (high velocity, low amplitude thrusts) adjusted to her weight and age. An infant toggle head piece was used for her neck misalignments. The toggle headpiece delivers an adapted neck drop mechanism which allows the adjustment to be gentle with a low force.
The toggle piece was also used to adjust the patient’s cranium and upper-middle back areas. Lastly, her right jaw was adjusted using a sustained contact technique.
After the patient was adjusted, a post visual analysis of her neck region showed an increased right rotation of her head and decrease in left head tilt. Post-palpation demonstrated a decrease in previously noted tight muscles of her right jaw and left neck region.
Breastfeeding was attempted right after her adjustment. The patient’s mother reported that she was able to latch perfectly and latched without interruption for 30 minutes. She had been scheduled to be seen twice a week until the latching issue was completely resolved. Her mother returned the next week and reported the patient’s inability to latch on her left breast had completely resolved.
MLA Citation: Drobbin, Danielle, & Stallman, Jessica. “Resolution of Breastfeeding and Latching Difficulty Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: Case Report and Review of the Literature.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health. 2015.3 (2015): 102-108.