Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps New Moth­ers Pro­duce Milk

An arti­cle in the March 2007 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics, presents three doc­u­mented case stud­ies of chi­ro­prac­tic care help­ing new moth­ers who were unable to pro­duce ade­quate mother’s milk. A reduc­tion in moth­ers milk, known as “Hypo­lac­ta­tion” can be a seri­ous prob­lem that can cre­ate health issues for both the mother and child.

The first case was a women who went to the chi­ro­prac­tor on the refer­ral of her mid­wife. She had given birth 10 days ear­lier to her sec­ond child and unlike her first, she was unable to estab­lish a milk sup­ply for her sec­ond baby. The patient had no other med­ical issues other than dif­fi­culty in swal­low­ing a glass of water.

An exam­i­na­tion deter­mined that she had a sub­lux­a­tion, and spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic care was ini­ti­ated to cor­rect that issue. After her sec­ond visit the patient com­mented that she found it much eas­ier to swal­low. By the third visit she noticed vis­i­ble changes in her breast and the pro­duc­tion of milk. This improve­ment resulted in a pos­i­tive weight gain for the infant who was forced to depend of for­mula until the moth­ers milk issues were resolved.

The sec­ond patient went to the chi­ro­prac­tor for upper back pain but was also unable to pro­duce suf­fi­cient milk to feed her one month old infant. Her exam­i­na­tion showed no med­ical his­tory for her prob­lems, how­ever, the chi­ro­prac­tic por­tion of her exam showed sub­lux­a­tions. She began a series of spe­cific chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments for sub­lux­a­tion cor­rec­tion. By the forth visit the patient was notic­ing breast enlarge­ment and the pro­duc­tion of milk. She also became pain free from the upper back pain she was experiencing.

The third case was a women who came into the chiropractor’s office with her daugh­ter six days after birth. She was sent there on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the hos­pi­tal lac­ta­tion con­sul­tant. As in the pre­vi­ous cases, sub­lux­a­tions were found and care was ini­ti­ated to cor­rect them. In this case it took only 24 hours for the pos­i­tive results to show, and for this mother to be able to feed her infant naturally.

Based on their case stud­ies and the vol­umes of pre­vi­ous research, these researchers con­cluded that sub­lux­a­tions and the neu­ro­log­i­cal inter­fer­ence they cause play a major role in Hypo­lac­ta­tion. The researchers sug­gest, “Chi­ro­prac­tic eval­u­a­tion for sub­lux­a­tions would be a key ele­ment in the holis­tic assess­ment of the fail­ure to estab­lish milk sup­ply in the post par­tum patient.”

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Sev­eral arti­cles in the Feb­ru­ary 2001 issue of the British Med­ical Jour­nal dis­cuss the actual ben­e­fits that child­hood colds and infec­tions play on

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