Breastfeeding can be a beautiful time of connecting and nourishing your baby. But many women and babies have challenges in feeding. Good counsel and gentle bodywork for baby make all the difference. With help you can settle into breastfeeding that’s easy for baby and painless for mom.
How is breastfeeding going for you and your baby?
- Painful breastfeeding
- Poor latch
- Thrashing or fussing at breast
- Sleepy baby, on/off feedings
- Poor weight gain
- Inadequate milk production
- Weak suck
- One sided nursing or preference
- Prolonged, ineffective feeds
- Short, incomplete feeds
- Recurrent plugged ducts
- Mastitis (also call your IBCLC or medical provider)
- Tongue tie, lip tie, cheek tie
- Twins and multiples
- Other newborn concerns
Tongue tie, lip tie and cheek tie
Some babies have restrictions in their mouths that seriously impede breastfeeding, affect milk production, and create extreme pain for mothers. If your baby has been assessed or diagnosed with tongue, lip or cheek ties, Catherine can provide gentle integrative bodywork, as recommended by pediatric dentists. Learn more about the course of care.
Feeding constantly, but poor weight gain
After a long birth, breastfeeding was miserable with bruises and bleeding nipples. Eloise was not gaining weight, although feeding constantly. I could tell she enjoyed craniosacral. Within days, nursing became more pleasant and productive.
Our baby was just frantic at the beginning of a nursing. She was not able to be in new situations or with new people, when she would look like a deer in the headlights. After her first session, she slept for five hours straight last night, something she has NEVER done before! Before our next visit, I told my friend, the baby whisperer is coming. Every baby needs this work done.
Network of breastfeeding help
Liam’s difficulties with latch for breastfeeding were sorted out in just few sessions of craniosacral therapy.
Mama Sarah trained as a La Leche League leader, extending the network of support to mothers and babies. Now she has gone onto serve families as a homeopath. – Sarah Damlo
Ready to Give Up
I was discouraged and anxious about not wanting to feed baby, because it hurt so much. It felt like we were not going to be able to do this.
– Grace Espinoza
Catherine showed me and Grace how to do very light touch that made our baby’s jaw able to latch. I felt relieved that I could do something to help my wife and my baby. It’s good to know that we didn’t need surgeries or procedures for lip tie or tongue tie. Everything has been better after one session.
– Carlos Espinoza
Easy at first, but starving & mad at day 8
In late June we welcomed our son into the world, a completely peaceful, natural birth. We were both instantly in love and we marveled at him as he readily nursed at my breast just moments after he was born. He was an easy baby from the start, barely fussing, only when he needed something. He slept three or four hours at a time most nights, nursing easily and regularly.
Then, when he was eight days old, everything changed; his latch disintegrated, getting worse and worse with every passing day.
Poor latching leads to mastitis
Shortly after our daughter was born, she started having trouble latching on whenever it was time to breastfeed. We were discouraged after just having the most beautiful, natural and easy birth. A few days later I got mastitis. It was awful and so painful; I could barely hold my new baby girl. My midwife encouraged me to keep on breastfeeding and recommended craniosacral therapy to help with her latch.
Desperate for options
I want to thank you for all your help and support in those early weeks, when Freya and I were having latching issues. I went into it not knowing at all what to expect from craniosacral therapy, nor if I even “believed” in it. But I was desperate for options, and for more help than I was getting from traditional lactation consultant visits.
Toe curling pain & bruising
In the first days my son’s latch had been so extremely tight that I had toe-curling pain and bruising. During craniosacral therapy our baby must have felt how he could open all his little bones and relax his jaw. After Catherine left every nursing gradually improved, until his latch was open and wide by the next afternoon.
Long feedings are now short
Thank you for your work with Chloe. The therapy is just what we needed – the missing link in many ways. She’s gone from 40 minute breastfeeding sessions to effectively nursing in 10 minutes! I’m very grateful. – Alasan
Firstborn struggled, second time a charm
With my firstborn, Dylan, we had struggled with breastfeeding and ultimately were not successful. I was determined to make nursing work with our second child.
When Kate was born, she too was having trouble, both with organizing her suck and with her latch. We saw Catherine when Kate was three days old and after our first session, nursing started to click. We worked through several adjustments and she took to breastfeeding like a champ! At 19 months we’re still enjoying our nursing relationship. – Becky
By three weeks of nursing baby M, I was in excruciating pain and had nipple damage. I began to be afraid that we wouldn’t be able to nurse, even though I had breastfed my first baby for 12 months. M had been born a little early and was very small, so I thought her mouth might be too small to open up well for a big latch.
We turned this around with a combination of craniosacral therapy, pumping and my husband doing night feedings to get me the rest I needed.
One session, pain-free breastfeeding
Mitchel had one session of craniosacral therapy to help him with his latch. We also learned some exercises to do at home. The therapy has helped us improve nursing which before was quite painful on the left side. – Vanessa, certified nurse midwife
Answered all our questions
Catherine provided craniosacral therapy for my two youngest children. She was gentle and patient, and she was willing to answer any questions and explain what she’s doing. Catherine was initially recommended to us for nursing difficulty. In three sessions, our daughter’s nursing dramatically improved and she was more comfortable in general. It was remarkable. She slept better, she breathed easier, she fussed less.