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Hey guys, Dr. Anthony Pellegrino from Absolute Chiropractic in Sea Grit, and I’m here with my friend Fiona, and we want to talk to guys about something that’s really important, which is breastfeeding.
Now, we see lots of moms, babies, families in the office all the time, and a major complaint that we oftentimes see is breastfeeding whether it’s the difficulty latching, favoring one breast over the other. A lot of parents and families are just really frustrated because they know how important breast-feeding is to just growth and development, they know the adage ‘breast is best,’ and it totally is, but they just want a better option for them.
Now, the thing is when we think about chiropractic most people know that what happens is the bones of the spine can misalign through various traumas, different things we experience in our life, and one of the major traumas that each of us has gone through is actually the process of being born. Just think about it, how much pressure, force that can put on the head and neck of a growing baby. We tell everybody to support the head and neck because the neck is our life line. If throw in something like C-section it actually gets more, and more, and more trauma to the head and neck.
Now, the thing is with a baby is, let’s say, they have a misalignment in the top of their spine and it makes it difficult for them to turn their head to the right, or the left, or maybe it even hurts when they do that. Now, for you or for me if it hurts when I went to turn my head to the right I’d say, “Ow,” but they’re not going to do that, they’re not going to say, “Ow.” If it hurts for them to turn their head to one side versus the other they’re not going to say, “Ow,” they’re just not going to do it.
So because of this so often that we see, is Fiona here will begin to favor one breast over the other because she can’t turn her head to one side or the other, so maybe she feeds her all the way from this side, but then when we come form the opposite side isn’t really happening as well. Or maybe there’s just a difficulty latching, or maybe just difficulty breast-feeding at all.
Now, for so many parents who are looking for natural hope what we do is recommend seeing a pediatric trained chiropractor to assess for, to see if there’s the presence of, what’s called, subluxation in baby, which is the misalignment of the top of the neck. Now, what we do as pediatric chiropractors is deliver very pinpoint specific adjustments to actually correct those misalignments, which is just like this. Baby comes like this, take about a pinkie, and just hold with about the amount of pressure it takes to squeeze a tomato to see if it’s ripe in the exact right direction for the exact right place to make sure that the neck is corrected, and if the baby can properly turn their head from side to the other.
Oftentimes with that we do see improvements in latching, breastfeeding, and then overall just growth and development because, let’s be real, these same nerves that are going to allow us to turn our head from one side to the other they’re also going to affect every division of every cell, organ, tissue because the brain sends those messages out to every organ, cell, and tissue in the entire body telling everything what to do, how, and when to do it.
Yes, we to get to see improvement in lots of different things with baby, but more so than anything else our whole mission is to grow healthy families because we know that sick kids are going to grow up to be sick adults, while healthy kids are going to grow up to be healthy adults.
Thank you guys so much for watching today.