Many women struggle to breastfeed their babies and often seek help from osteopaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for babies to 6 months of age and that it continue alongside suitable foods for up to 2 years and beyond. Breastfeeding statistics in Australia do not reflect this. While 96% of Australian mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 39% exclusively breastfed to 3 months with less than one quarter (15%) breastfeeding to 5 months. There are a range of reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding. They include physical, emotional and financial reasons. This study will investigate two aspects related to breastfeeding: the relationship between physical strains related to birth and sucking dysfunction in infants who are having difficulty breastfeeding; and mother’s comfort levels during breastfeeding. The study is designed as a retrospective clinical audit of mothers and their infant who attended an Australian osteopathic clinic. The results of this study will inform the design of a planned hospital-based trial of osteopathic treatment for infants with breastfeeding difficulties.
Correlation between strain patterns related to birth and difficulty breastfeeding.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/21 → 31/12/21|