Are you having trouble breastfeeding your new born?  Here’s how our team can help!

Here at Complete Wellness Clinic we empower women to feed their babies however they want and are able to. How you choose to, or are able to feed your newborn is a personal choice. There is no shame or judgment here. Only YOU know what’s best for your baby and your family. This journey is different for all of us so if you choose to or are able to breastfeed your baby or decide to take a different route to feeding,  know that you can get our support and our team of professionals are here to help you be successful.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Month at some point many women have difficulty breastfeeding and can experience breast congestion, pain, discomfort or even blocked breast ducts which can make it very painful and difficult to breastfeed your child. This process requires patience and usually takes about 4-6 weeks to feel confident about.

 

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Massage Therapist are trained in breast tissue massage using a variety of different techniques. Manual Lymphatic Drainage is one of the techniques used to help decrease swelling in your breasts. Promoting relaxation and decreasing stress during this time is a very important part of aiding in breastfeeding as stress can cause a decrease in milk production.

Massage therapy can also help unblock your breast ducts through compressions. Breast compressions are a great way for stimulating the flow of the milk ejection or assisting your infant to get the milk faster. One of our highly trained therapists can teach you how to practice these techniques at home to make your experience of breastfeeding more enjoyable and less stressful for you and the baby.

 

Chiropractic treatments can help with infants who are having trouble or unable to breastfeed. Once an initial examination is done by one of our professionals they can determine if there are any musculoskeletal dysfunctions that can occur during labor. Musculoskeletal dysfunctions can affect the ability of an infant to suckle successfully.

Based on clinical finding our chiropractors will perform a gentle and light manipulation on the infant. Often time, the results are noticeable almost immediately and the ability of the baby to suckle is improved.

Dr. Natalie McDonald, DC has received extra training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has helped many moms and babies with various breastfeeding challenges.

Naturopathic and Acupuncture treatments can help in the early stages after delivery. Our naturopath, Dr. Rishma Walji has a lot of experience working with new mothers. She can provide resources, education and treatment for new moms and infants in many areas including post-partum recovery, stress management, feeding and growth. Dr. Rishma can help with latch and feeding patterns as well as with energy, digestion and sleep regulation. She will make sure you and baby are getting the proper nourishment through diet recommendations, and in some cases, with vitamins and supplements. Certain herbs and natural products can be suggested to moms and their infants to support in breastfeeding and increasing milk supply. Whether baby is breast-fed or formula-fed, our naturopath can help with baby’s digestion to prevent or treat indigestion, colic, constipation and gas.

 

Physiotherapy treatments can assess and help moms with breastfeeding by helping them manage a comfortable feeding position as moms can take on very poor posture during this time. They can also help by relieving any discomfort by, correcting posture positions, stretching and strengthening exercises, promote relaxation and use therapeutic ultrasound to help elevate pain and discomfort.

 

Counselling offers prenatal and post partum support which can help with moms that are feeling a whirl of emotions. If you are struggling with your thoughts and emotions please consult with our Social Worker Nicole. Post partum mood disorders are very serious and real but women don’t have to suffer in silence there are effective treatments and hope for all. So please reach out!

Often times this can make the feeding process with your newborn difficult because you are physically and mentally exhausted. You are not alone! Counselling can help aid you through this whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed (formula) by addressing all your concerns, help you cope through your struggles and deal with your emotions. You will be one step closer to your healing process which will then allow you to enjoy the experience and be more confident as a mother.