If you are experiencing any of the following issues with nursing your baby, CranioSacral Therapy can be extremely beneficial.
- Fussing at the breast
- Bobbing on and off the breast
- Baby arches a lot during nursing
- Baby grunts uncomfortably while nursing
- Baby has a poor latch, makes a clicking sound and/or milk leaks out sides of babies mouth
- Prolonged feeding times
- Painful, cracked, bleeding nipples
- Baby chomps during feeding
- Baby only wants to nurse on one side
Physical reasons why you and your baby may be experiencing any of these are:
- Tongue tie (Ankyloglossia) and Upper Lip-tie
- Tight jaw, neck and/or shoulders
- Cranial Bones are stuck or have over-rides (your baby might have had a big hematoma)
- Babies Suck/Swallow/Breathe coordination isn't smooth (lots of gasping, gulping, air in tummy)
- Tightness in the muscles of the mouth and under the tongue
Infant CranioSacral Therapy will release tension in the muscles, joints and fascia to help create a more efficient and relaxed latch. You and your baby will have a better nursing experience.
A tongue and/or upper lip-tie means that the tissue attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the upper lip to the gums. This may cause baby to inefficiently latch and suck poorly. They may be chomping on the nipples, causing them to become injured and painful. The baby may take a really long time to feed, suck a lot of air and has tummy upset after feedings. They may also fall asleep often at the breast and not get a full feeding, thus waking up extra hungry and wanting to feed again before it is time.
I refer with several doctors and IBCLC's (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) in the Portland area that specialize in tongue-tie and upper lip-tie release procedures. They recommend Infant Craniosacral Therapy as part of the pre-surgery and follow-up protocol for healing therapy.
Before a procedure, craniosacral therapy will address compensatory tightness in the neck, shoulders, jaw and elsewhere if present.
Craniosacral Therapy will assist in your baby's transition post procedure into fully using his/her tongue properly as they gain new control and use of the tongue and mouth muscles .
Older kids and adults can also have issues with ties that we can work on.
Teresa helped us figure out which way to go with our infants feeding issues. With her work and the team of people she referred us to, we are now able to breastfeed successfully. It turns out our baby had a tongue tie, we had it revised with an ENT, saw a wonderful IBCLC and Teresa did follow up treatments to address the neck, jaw and shoulder tension our baby was experiencing. Thank you Teresa!
Megan and Drew...Oregon City, OR
Teresa, thank you so very much for your help. I didn't have to pump all day long - we are breastfeeding! What a miracle worker you are. I will be forever grateful to you! Marci...Portland, OR
It was extremely painful to breastfeed my baby. Teresa released a lot of tension in her mouth and neck which allowed her to latch on perfectly! I have a new and happier breastfeeding experience with my baby now. Thank you Teresa! K.K. Portland, OR
My baby had a "rough ride" being born. Long labor, she got stuck for awhile and when she came out she looked a little beat up. She had a hard time opening wide enough for a good latch. She would fuss a lot during feedings and just seemed unhappy eating. Teresa found tension in her head bones and neck that were making it hard for her to feed. She is doing so much better now...we are blessed.
L.M Newburg, Oregon
Our Payton just didn't like breastfeeding, he was cranky and would actually get upset when I tried to put him on. Teresa said his nervous system needed some help and also released some jaw tightness. She gave me exercised to do before feeding that got him to be able to latch on. Things are going great now. So thankful
R. T. Beaverton, OR
My little Eleanor was having lots of trouble eating, she seemed to choke on the milk, make lots of noise while sucking and get tired half way through. Feedings took a very long time! Teresa evaluated her, did some CST to help her coordinate her sucking and swallowing. She also referred us to a doctor for tongue-tie evaluation.
Pam S. Hillsboro, Oregon