Mother's Milk | Baby's Body


Intensive Lactation Clinic: OMT, CST, IBCLC

Every Tuesday Teaching Babies to Nurse provides a multimodal service that combines both lactation support and pediatric osteopathic care: Mother's Milk | Baby's Body.


Ellen and Dr. Emily Esmaili created this specialty clinic to focus even more deeply on mothers’ and babies’ bodies as a unit, working together to pool their areas of knowledge. While Emily addresses structural issues in the baby’s body and cranium, evaluating for proper alignment, movement, and balance while offering gentle corrective techniques, Ellen provides breastfeeding support.

While Emily was on maternity leave, Ellen was joined by Wanda Sundermann, a well-known and experienced massage and bodywork therapist. Wanda applies her skills as a body-worker, doula, and craniosacral therapist to address alignment, movement and balance so that Mother’s Milk | Baby’s Bodies can continue to provide its unique service merging different modalities to best meet moms’ and babies’ needs. 

Starting April 5, 2022, as Emily transitions back from leave, she will see patients for the Tuesday afternoon appointments (1: 30 pm, 2:50 pm, and 4:10 pm). Wanda will continue to gently guide little infant bodies during the Tuesday morning visits (10:30 am and 11:50 am). There is an option to choose which provider you would like to see on the Appointment Scheduling page

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. 

Osteopathy FAQ

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

  • Colic 

  • Reflux or stooling problems

  • Torticollis

  • Plagiocephaly