back pain and breastfeeding

Back Pain and Breastfeeding

The last two words you want to hear when breastfeeding are: back pain

However, back pain is among the most common complaints among new mothers, regardless of whether they are breastfeeding or not. Simply adjusting to carrying the child, bending over to pick it up, and the lack of sleep associated with nursing is putting a strain on the back. This makes it all the more important that new mothers pay attention to proper body mechanics and breastfeeding techniques. 

Preventing back pain while nursing 

As an office of chiropractor, we want to establish good body mechanics as the norm so that the burden of your newborn doesn’t cause your back any pain. Here are some tips for preventing back pain while nursing: 

  • Baby to breast, rather than the other way around. 
  • When possible, use pillows as props to share the weight of the child as you breastfeed. 
  • On the move, use a baby wrap to hold the child in position and share the weight with your spine. 
  • Build up your core with stretching and gentle exercising. 
  • Minimize stress

Use chiropractic to reduce back pain while breastfeeding

We are fortunately well-equipped to help you do all of the above. If your back is already suffering from the strain of nursing your child, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. We can help speed the recovery for supportive soft tissues that have become strained in the process of caring for your newborn. Furthermore, we can help you establish good body mechanics as the norm, a process that is made better when your spine is in proper alignment. 

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