Research: chiropractic and breastfeeding

RESEARCH PAPER
The information replicated below concerns worldwide studies related to Chiropractic. Putney Chiropractic did not conduct the original research and only wishes to share issues with you that you may find interesting and relevant.

RESEARCH PAPER: Contribution of Chiropractic Therapy to Resolving Suboptimal Breastfeeding: A Case Series of 114 Infants.
Joyce E. Miller DC, Laura Miller, Ann-Kristin Sulesund, Andriy Yevtushenko.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics; Volume 32, Issue 8, October 2009: Pages 670-674

Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a primal instinct that acts not only a source of food for infant mammals, but helps to form a strong bond between a woman and her baby.  Unfortunately, many newborns and their mothers are faced with difficulties that can make this natural process more difficult for many reasons.

Objective
This study by Miller et al was designed to outline the role, circumstances and results of chiropractic care for infants referred to a chiropractic practice for breastfeeding difficulties.

Method
This study is a clinical case series of 114 infants who were diagnosed with feeding problems, either in a hospital or by a lactation consultant.  The infants underwent chiropractic care in addition to routine care, and were followed to record short-term results.

Results
All 114 infants showed some level of improvement, with 78% (N = 89) able to breastfeed exclusively within a 2 week time period (2-5 visits).  The infants involved in the study ranged from 2 days old to 12 weeks, with the most common age of referral being 1 week, and the average subject being 3 weeks old.  Examination of the infants revealed cervical (neck) posterior joint dysfunction in 89% of subjects, temporomandibular joint (jaw) imbalance in 36% of subjects, and inadequate suck reflex in 34% of subjects.  Treatment consisted of gentle chiropractic adjustments in addition to any routine breastfeeding support.

Conclusion
The results of this study demonstrate that chiropractic care may act as a useful tool, in addition to routine lactation care, in cases of hospital or lactation consultant diagnosed breastfeeding problems that include a biomechanical component.


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