TITLE

Paediatric Chiropractic and Infant Breastfeeding Difficulties: A Pilot Case Series Study involving 19 Cases

AUTHOR(S)
STEWART, ADAM
PUB. DATE
September 2012
SOURCE
Chiropractic Journal of Australia;Sep2012, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p98
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Introduction: Paediatric Chiropractic may have a role in assisting infant breastfeeding diffculties. This pilot case series study sought to identify: 1. The percentage of infants with reported breast feeding diffculties which improved with chiropractic care: 2. The most common subluxations in infants with breastfeeding dif-fculties and: 3. Specifc subluxation patterns associated with specifc dysfunctional breastfeeding behaviours. Methods: A questionnaire was developed to address these questions and 19 infants/mothers were prospec-tively reviewed. Results and Conclusions: Improvements in breastfeeding behavior was found in every infant in this study. The most signifcant outcomes occurred with improved attachment to the breast (100%), reduced extension/arching (94%) and side shaking (88%) once attached, reduced overall stress of feeding (84%), reduced pain when feeding (77%), and side preference (64%). The most common subluxation patterns involved the upper cervical and shoulder joint complexes. A larger study and some minor design changes would allow better correlation between subluxation patterns and specifc dysfunctional breastfeeding behaviour. Given the possible benefts to community health, studies in this area should be given research priority.
ACCESSION #
82826780

 

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