Mother's Milk | Baby's Body
Intensive Lactation Clinic: OMT, CST, IBCLC
Mother's Milk | Baby's Body is a multimodal service that combines both lactation support and pediatric craniosacral therapy (CST) to care for mothers’ and babies’ bodies as a unit. Every Tuesday Ayden Cox, an experienced infant bodyworker trained in CST, joins our lactation consultants in 1-hour Mother's Milk | Baby's Body appointments. We believe that by conjoining our skills, we are able to provide a unique service that merges different modalities to best meet moms’ and babies’ needs.
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Mother's Milk | Baby's Body was started in October 2020 by Ellen and Dr. Emily Esmaili, a pediatric osteopath. As of November 2023, Dr. Emily is now providing Baby's Body, bodywork-only appointments for babies and children of all ages on Mondays at Teaching Babies to Nurse.
What is osteopathy?
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” (A.T. Still, founder of osteopathy)
Osteopathy is a branch of medicine stemming from the philosophy that structure and function are closely intertwined, and that the body has a natural self-healing ability. OMT supports a baby’s body to release and rebalance itself, through gentle techniques using feather-light touch. Younger babies benefit even more from osteopathy, since their bodies and bones are more malleable, and they are still laying down structural patterns for their lifetimes.
Why would my baby benefit from OMT?
Many babies have restrictions and dysfunctions in their bodies resulting from the birth process or other conditions, that prevent them from feeding, growing, and developing to the best of their ability. OMT can address these underlying problems, allowing for the baby’s natural state of balance and health to unfold.
OMT for babies can be especially useful for conditions including:
Structural issues resulting from pregnancy and/or birth
Babies with a tight frenulum (before or after having a frenotomy or frenectomy)
Babies with problems suckling, latching, or swallowing effectively
Prematurity and difficulty nursing
Reflux or stooling problems