Weaning- Part 2

It’s been exactly 3 weeks since I last nursed Brooks. We are all doing fine. I have frozen breast milk saved so I’ve been able to give him a bottle before bed which he loves. Since I stopped nursing he hasn’t once tried to go for my breast. He’s content with the bottle. It’s as if he too, knew it was time to stop. Still, that doesn’t mean that a tiny part of me doesn’t miss it. I miss the physical bond. There have been times when he’s cried when the bottle is empty and I feel bad because I can’t offer him any more milk. Other times he’s cranky, hurt, or being difficult and I wish I could use my #1 tool. Nursing always calmed him down. Now, I just have to be a bit more creative, animated, or silly to get over these mood swings. I was reading online that some women suffer depression when they stop breast feeding. Considering them, I feel lucky. I only feel a minor tug at my heart that goes away with one sweet little hug.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to write this post was not to go over my emotional state. Weaning was a painful process for me so I wanted to share some input to hopefully help other women in the future. I had read online to give up one feeding every 4-7 days. I stopped nursing Brooks in the morning about 5 days before I stopped nursing him at night. We left town the following day and 24 hours later my breasts were huge, engorged, and painful. I expressed small amounts by hand that night and occasionally over the course of the next 9 days. I had read online not to express any milk but I was in so much pain I couldn’t help it. I could literally use one finger and press the top of my breast and have milk squirt out. Sorry if this is t.m.i. (too much information) but it’s the truth. I did research online and tried everything. Cabbage leaves are amazing for about 5 minutes when they are cold but then they lose their effect. I wore a sports bra for about 48 hours straight until my boobs felt like smores and I couldn’t handle it anymore. I drank sage drops mixed with water. I didn’t nurse Brooks even though I was dying to. I didn’t pump until the 9th day when I was over being uncomfortable. We were going to the Jay Z/JT concert and I wanted to enjoy it so I broke down and pumped 2 ounces from one side and 1 oz from the other. It was instant relief and also the end of my misery. That was now 10 days ago and I haven’t had any pain since.

What I’ve learned from this experience is that next time I will take a longer time to wean. I think I’ll let 1-2 weeks go by before I cut out another feeding. For instance when I stop nursing in the morning, I would then wait 1-2 weeks until I stop nursing at night. Also, I think when I stop nursing altogether I’ll still pump for a few days to a week after. Not everyone has such a difficult time weaning and I’m guessing it’s because I’m a good producer and because Brooks has a big appetite. When I first weaned him he’d easily finish a 7-8 oz bottle. Had I pumped for a few nights I could have slowly decreased the time spent pumping and hence the amount of milk so that my body stopped producing so much. My body was used to producing 7-8 oz each day/night and when I stopped it didn’t get the memo.

Anyway, I hope this helps some poor woman with painful breasts or even better prevents someone from having this problem in the first place.

Getting over the guilt

This past weekend my husband and I went to a wedding down in Key West. We first flew to Ohio to drop Brooks off at my parents house. We had a really great time at the wedding and it was honestly nice to have some adult time. Still, I was really excited to get home to see Brooks. Three days was a good amount of time to be away from him. Tuesday was the first morning that we were home. Brooks woke up about 6:45 and I was excited to go and see him. I opened the door to his room and he looked at me and literally crawled the opposite direction in his crib. I went and picked him up and he was immediately irritated. I won’t go through all of the details but essentially what continued was the worst temper tandrum I have ever seen him throw for the next 5 minutes. He almost succeeded in throwing himself off of the diaper changing station and at the end of the melt down he purposely grabbed my face in an effort to tear it apart. It was at that moment that I cried. I cried not because he physically hurt me but because he emotionally did. He was mad at me for what I assume was for leaving him over the weekend and he was making me pay for it. I cried because I felt guilty for leaving him. I know in my mind that it’s fine that I did. He was in good hands and I’ve left him  overnight only a few times in his life. I know he was fine, but still. He was obviously having a hard time adjusting and I felt bad for that.

Guilt seems to me to be one of the many things that all moms share.  I’ve talked to other mothers who feel guilty for working, guilty for not nursing longer, guilty for feeling like bad mothers, guilty for not being able to give their kids more. For me, I feel guilty when I’m not there when Brooks wakes up from naps. I feel guilty for not having more stored breast milk when I can’t get him to drink anything else. I feel guilty for spending so much time working out. I’m a stay at home mom because that’s my choice and it’s what works best for our family. I spend a lot of time with Brooks but still…if I’m not with him every waking second there is a nagging thought in the back of my mind that feels like I should be with him.

I honestly have no idea of how to get over this guilt. My Mom says to just let it go. “Guilt never did anyone any good.” I believe this. I also believe that I’m a good mom. I believe we are all doing the best we can and there is no reason for us to feel guilty. Still, it is easier said than done.

This morning when I got Brooks up, he looked at me again and crawled the other way. He woke up in a fowl mood. Today, I accepted it as just that. I didn’t take his moodiness personally. For today at least, I didn’t feel guilty about it. As for tomorrow, well, we’ll see…

Weaning

Brooks turned one last Friday (happy birthday buddy!!) and I’m working on weaning him from breastfeeding. I remember in the beginning how difficult breastfeeding was. He ate constantly and he would often take 30-45 minutes to nurse. I couldn’t comprehend breastfeeding him for a year at that point. I set a goal of 6 months. I knew in the back of my mind that I hoped to make a year but that seemed light years away. Fast forward to the present and it’s become a part of our routine and a special part of our relationship. Brooks is a busy-body. He won’t sit on my lap for more than a few seconds except for when I feed him. This is our quiet time together. I’ll admit, I’ve used nursing as a way to pacify him when he’s sick, hurt, or really upset. Nursing almost always calms him down. I suppose it calms me down too. It’s a time when I don’t rush around trying to do the next thing. It’s what we’ve done just about every morning and every night for the last year. Habits are hard to break. The truth is that I’m the one having the toughest time. Brooks still wants to nurse but he’s not regularly requesting to.

If you are asking yourself why I’m weaning him if I really don’t want to, it’s for two reasons. The most important part is for family planning. This may be t.m.i. (too much information) but I haven’t had a period since October 2011. I’ve read that a few women will start getting their periods while they are still nursing but the few that I’ve talked to are all like me. The second reason is that I just feel it’s time. I’m proud that we made it a year. I feel that I have done right by him and that weaning him now is also the right thing to do. I don’t suppose that continuing this daily habit will make it any easier to quit in say another 6 months. Also, I always told myself that when he was able to walk up to me and pull down my shirt, it’s time to stop. We’re not there yet but we’re not that far off either.

So over the last week or two, I’ve cut out the day time feeding and tomorrow I’m committing to cutting out the morning feeding. That will leave only the nighttime feeding which I honestly can’t make myself quit until I leave him with my parents this weekend. I’m counting the days with a heavy heart.

I do know that there are and will continue to be more ways to bond with him. He recently starting giving hugs which melts my heart. He’ll also lay his forehead on mine with the sweetest look on his face. My precious baby. Oh, how I adore him.

If you were reading this hoping for more information on how to wean, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I’ve asked a few other mothers and it seems that it wasn’t really an issue. Two mothers told me that their babies lost interest. I can tell you that things I’ve read say to cut a feeding out every 4-7 days. I can give you the facts but that doesn’t mean I can really tell you how to do it. I’m still trying to figure that out.

The little things in life

I’m feeling tired but also a bit sentimental. Brooks and I are in Ohio and have been since last Friday when the three of us (Chris included) drove to Catawba Island to spend the weekend with friends. I was really excited about the weekend and I had a wonderful time. On Sunday when we drove to Cleveland to see my parents, I was feeling very blessed. We have so many wonderful people in our lives. I’m so lucky to have a handful of really great girlfriends. I’ve figured out over the last few years how special true friends really are and how they are difficult to come by. Of course, like any relationship, they take time and attention, but to have even one or two true friends is an amazing gift. Meanwhile, I’ve spent the week at my parents house which is only a mile from my brother and his family. Seeing Brooks play with his cousins makes me so happy. Since we live in Chicago and our families live in Ohio, it always worries me that Brooks won’t know his family. Seeing Brooks crawl up to my parents or other family members and raise his little arms to be picked up, warms my heart. It is the small moments in life that truly seem to be the most special.

Brooks and my dad

People always tell you that everything changes when you have a baby. While I don’t think that everything changes, I certainly do think that your priorities and outlook on life change. Time becomes much more precious and the people who were always important become even more so.

Tomorrow Brooks and I will pick Chris and his cousin up from the airport and head to Youngstown where we will spend the rest of the weekend with family. We are celebrating Brooks’s first birthday on Sunday and we are expecting 50-60 people. While some may say that is ridiculous, I can’t help but be grateful. We have a lot of love in our lives and for that I’m eternally thankful.

“The days are long, but the weeks are short.”

I can hardly believe that Brooks is turning one in a few short weeks. It has been such an amazing year! I look back at the day he was born and remember it like it was yesterday. I also remember the sleep-deprived first few months. It was during that time that someone first told me, “the days are long, but the weeks are short” and it is so true. I feel very blessed to be able to stay at home with Brooks. It is the right decision for our family (definitely not implying it’s right for everyone) and I’m thankful to be the one to spend each day with him. That doesn’t, however, mean that each day is blissful. We’ve had plenty of really tough days when one or both of us are overly tired, feeling under the weather, or just plain difficult to deal with. There are some moments when I’m envious of Chris just because he’s sleeping when I get up with Brooks or because he’s had time to take a shower. Other days, I think back to the days I was in sales and I remember how much I wanted to stay in my pajamas all day. Sometimes the days are lonely. I talk to Brooks all day. I pretend that he knows what I’m talking about or even cares. Sometimes I’ll ask him questions and then answer for him. Although I think it’s good for him to hear me talk all day, mostly I do it because I need someone to talk to.  I’ve learned not to pounce on Chris the moment he walks in the door knowing that he’s probably been talking all day. Still, looking back, even the tough days seem too short. There is honestly not a day that goes by that I’m not totally in awe of my child. Watching him grow throughout the last year has truly been amazing. He is a tiny little person who makes me laugh each and everyday and who brings me more joy and love then I ever thought possible. Yes, when he is throwing a tantrum because he doesn’t want his diaper changed, I sometimes wonder if bedtime will ever come, but at the end of the day, I know there’s no place I’d rather be.

 

Brooks when he was less than a day old

Brooks when he was less than a day old

Brooks at the park last week

Brooks at the park last week

Healthy crackers for babies

As promised from my previous post (Count your veggies), I wanted to share the recipe for sweet potato crackers. These are really easy to make and Brooks loves them. On the go meals and snacks can be a real challenge. I try not to rely on Cheerios and Puffs so I needed another option. This recipe comes straight from the book Super Nutrition for Babies by Katherine Erlich, M.D., and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C., C.M.T.A. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a baby. I found it when I was doing research on when to introduce which foods at each age. Katherine Erlich, the author as mentioned above, is a pediatrician. The authors not only tell you which foods to introduce to your baby at each age, they also tell you which foods to avoid, and provide yummy recipes. I will tell you that some of the suggestions and recipes may seem a bit strange at first. They are big into fermentation and animal organs and this can seem a bit scary. I started pretty basic and as time goes on I’ve gotten more adventurous. I even made cultured veggies last night. (More to come on that in about a week after they ferment.) Anyway, this is a very friendly recipe that I think your child will love.

For crackers:

1 egg yolk

Pinch of nutmeg

1/2 cup previously baked sweet potato

2 teaspoons water

1/4 cup coconut flour (You can buy this at Whole Foods. Alternately, they say you can use unsweetened, unsulfured, finely shredded coconut)

Ghee or butter (Ghee is clarified butter. It’s what Courtney Kardashian was drinking on Keeping up with the Kardashians.)

 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except for butter or ghee

3. Grease a cookie sheet or parchment paper with butter or ghee

4. Using wet hands, flatten the dough into a thin (1/8 of an inch is suggested) rectangle (mine isn’t very pretty but it still tastes good)

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, flip it over and bake the on the other side an additional 15-20 minutes

6. Let cool & cut or break into bite size pieces

 

You can view the recipe if you click here.

 

Enjoy!

Count your veggies

 I was surfing the internet yesterday when I came across a shocking statistic. According to a 2003 article in the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, “16% of all children’s diets meet none of the Food Guide Pyramid guidelines, and only 1% of children meet all of its recommendation”. You might be thinking, as I was, that this stat is 10 years old. Surely with all of the campaigns, research, and information out there on healthy eating, this must have improved. Well, sadly, according to studies published in ABC News in March of this year, “We found that there was no trend for increased fruit and vegetable consumption over time,”. “Only 11 percent of U.S. adults meet the guidelines for both fruits and vegetables.” and even worse, “Casagrande’s team also found that 62 percent of the study participants didn’t eat any fruit daily, and 25 percent didn’t eat vegetables daily.  Overall, there was no improvement in Americans’ fruit consumption, and there was a small decrease in vegetable intake during the study period.” Meanwhile, even the CDC recognizes that: 

  • “Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

  • Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.”

I will admit, despite all of the research, eating “healthy” can be quite confusing. Are eggs good for us or not? What about meat? And then, of course how are the animals fed? Is it organic? The truth is though organic vegetables are about the only thing that everyone can agree are healthy. Also, it seems that nearly everyone is on a diet and vegetables (fruits too but slightly less so because of the sugar) are a dieters best friend. My Aunt and my Mom are doing Weight Watchers and on their plan you are able to eat 5 cups of vegetables and fruits for free (meaning they don’t count towards your daily point goal) So, why aren’t we eating more? 

I think part of the problem is that we live in a fast paced society. Buying and preparing vegetables and fruits can take some thought and planning. I also think that people don’t realize that they are eating so few. I make it a habit everyday to count how many vegetables I’ve eaten that day. Sometimes I count my fruits too but I don’t have to think about that as much. I consider it a good day when I’ve eaten more than 5 different kinds of vegetables. I don’t worry about serving sizes. I just like to make sure I eat a variety. The same goes for Brooks. I’m really happy when I’m eaten (or fed him) so many veggies that I lose count.  

I know that since I chose to stay home with Brooks I have more time than a working mother but really a few hours in the kitchen on a Sunday is enough time to prep meals for the week. Generally, I’ll spend one day and I’ll make a variety of foods. This past Monday, I stemmed broccoli and cauliflower, make home-made veggie stock (which also means I cooked veggies that Brooks can eat), I make homemade applesauce as well as sweet potato crackers (recipe for these will appear in my next post). I don’t always know what I’m going to do with all of these veggies when I cook them but I’ll put some in the fridge and then freeze the rest for future use. 

Pre-cooked veggies are in glass containers on the top and second shelf

 

This morning I made scrambled eggs with spinach, mushroom, and a little left over broccoli (I added shredded cheese for flavor) as well as a smoothie with spinach, mango, raspberries, and coconut water.  Brooks loves eggs so it’s a nice way to sneak in some veggies. He also loves drinking out of a straw like a big boy so he had some of my smoothie as well as some halved blueberries. So that means so far this morning we’ve both had 3 veggies and 3 fruits. Considering it’s not quite 10 am I think we’re off to a good start.  

Some other ideas to increase your veggie intake: 

– Make vegetable soup

– Add already cooked veggies to quinoa for an easy lunch or dinner

– Make smoothies! Start with a green- (I use spinach or kale) and add whatever fresh or frozen fruits you have on hand 

– Instead of meat try a veggie sub at Subway

– Add a salad to your meal

– Instead of pasta try spaghetti squash 

– Swap out your next burger for a portabella mushroom  

During my research I came across the Diet for Autism by Julie Matthews. The diet is intended to clear out toxins which I think all of us (especially our children) can benefit from. Below are some of the “Nutrient-Dense foods” that she recommends. You can read the whole article if you click here.

NUTRIENT-DENSE FOODS:

 Beta carotene and Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, winter squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mango, kale, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, cod liver oil, butter/ghee, liver and egg yolk.

 Vitamin C: Sweet potato, winter squash, broccoli and leafy greens.  Vitamin B6: Sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts, lentils,

grains and beans, rice bran and blackstrap molasses.

 Vitamin B12: Liver, eggs, fish, lamb and beef.

 Folic acid: Beans, rice germ, liver, asparagus, broccoli and bananas.

 Omega 3: Fish/cod liver oil, beef, lamb, egg yolk, butter/ ghee, flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and algae-based DHA (neuromins supplement).

 Iron: Blackstrap molasses, liver, pumpkin seeds and duck egg.

 Zinc: Pumpkin seeds, nuts, legumes, ginger and oats.

 Magnesium: Sweet potato, winter squash, broccoli, leafy greens, seaweed, nettles, whole grains, nuts and legumes.

 Calcium: Broccoli, leafy greens, winter squash, seaweed, nettles and nuts.

So, I challenge you to count your veggies! Cheers to good health.  

Super women

 

 

On Wednesday Chris, Brooks, and I flew to Miami and then on to Turks and Caicos. We were on the second leg of our trip when I noticed a mother carrying her small child along with a large diaper bag full of stuff. As I watched her it occurred to me how strong women are. A few months ago my parents were visiting us down in Miami and my mom was trying to get Brooks to sleep. She held him and rocked him for an impossibly long time. I remember thinking that I knew her arms must be sore because mine certainly are when I hold him that long. Still my mom never complained. If we look around we’ll see this all over. A very pregnant mom is walking her daughter all around the resort trying to get her to fall asleep. We hold, rock, and soothe our babies until we think we can’t possibly do it any longer and yet we do. To me it’s not that different than the competitive sports that I do. Sometimes you feel like you can’t go on, you have nothing left to give, but then you dig deep and you find that you do in fact have more. As a mother you’ll do anything for your baby. In this game you don’t get a medal at the end but on this Mother’s Day I would like to give all the moms out there a pat on the back. Being a mom can be be tough work. Your needs are always second to your children. Still, it is an incredible gift to be a mother.

 

With in the last few months I have had two friends who have given birth without an epideral or any other medicine. Men are always thought to be the strong ones and in many ways they are but I believe that women have a special, different kind of strength. It is often unspoken and maybe unnoticed but it is certainly remarkable.

Getting your body back after baby

I’ve had a few friends recently ask me what they can do to get their bodies back after they’ve had their babies. I know this can be really frustrating for some women. First, I want to say that I highly recommend working out throughout your pregnancy. Please refer to my prenatal exercise post for more on this. (Click here) After your baby is born, I also highly recommend you take the recovery time needed to heal and you don’t jump right into exercise. My doctor recommended that I wait 4 weeks and that’s exactly what I did. Having a baby is a traumatic experience on your body. Let it heal. If you’ve had birth by cesarean you will most likely need to give yourself a few extra weeks of recovery. Also, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about any limitations or precautions you need to take concerning your workout routine.

Okay, with all that being said…every body is different and I don’t want to give a generic workout regime but I do have some advice. First of all, I would say that when it comes to losing weight it’s about 80% what you eat, and 20 % working out. Notice I didn’t use the word “diet”. I don’t believe in traditional diets. If you are nursing your baby you will want to be sure to eat nutritious foods and get enough calories. Even if you are not nursing, having a newborn is hard work and it’s exhausting. Filling up on sugars and/or greasy foods will only cause more fatigue and mood fluctuations. Clearly this is not what you want. Try to eat a clean balanced diet. I know it’s hard when you have zero time. If help is available, ask for it! If not, try to have healthy snacks on hand: pre-cut veggies and fruit, nuts, seeds, yogurt, hummus. It may take a bit of thought but it’s worth it.

Some of you are probably reading this and thinking that if it’s 80% diet, then you’ll just skip the 20% exercise. Please don’t. Exercise is so important for so many reasons. Building muscle means that you’ll burn more calories all day long. There are endless health benefits. Plus, I know that even a 30 minute jog can turn me into a calmer, nicer person. Exercise is therapy with out the shrink. If you are new to exercise, start small. Walk. When that gets easy, then jog. When that gets easy, do sprints. If you hate to run, find something else that you like doing. When it’s nice outside there are endless options: swim, bike, roller blade, go to the park and do body-weight exercises. Literally just do something.

If you have been exercising for some time now and you are not seeing the results you want then it is time to mix things up. Our bodies become very efficient at whatever they are doing. Every wonder how a marathon runner can still be overweight? If we keep doing the same activity our body will figure out how to do it burning less energy. In one sense it’s a good thing because the activity gets easier. The down side is obvious. As a general rule, you need to mix up your fitness regime every 6 weeks. So if you have been doing the elliptical trainer now for the last 3 months and nothing is changing,  it’s time to get off the elliptical. Instead try a spinning class once per week. Maybe take swimming lessons, start lifting weights or try yoga. If you live in cold climates and don’t have access to the gym, try Exercise TV or a fitness DVD (like Insanity). If you want to really mix things up do some high intensity training (HIT). Basically this means that you do intense exercise for 30 seconds and then scale back for a short break (15-90 seconds depending on your fitness level). You don’t necessarily need a gym to do this.

An example of a HIT workout would be:

30 seconds fast jumping jacks, rest 30 seconds

30 seconds fast squats, rest 30 seconds

30 seconds burpies, rest 30 seconds

30 seconds push-ups, rest 30 seconds

30 seconds mountain climbers, rest 30 seconds

Repeat 4 x’s

HIT training is so effective because it shocks your body. This is what you need in order to stimulate your metabolism. The above HIT workout will only take you 20 minutes to complete and I promise you it will be way more effective then doing a 20 minute walk.

Other important things to keep in mind are to try to get as much sleep as you can. Sleep deprivation throws off hormones in your body that tell your brain when you are full. So if you are constantly sleep deprived you are bound to overeat. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water.

I know time is always an issue when you have a baby and for all of you working mothers it is even more challenging. Believe me when I tell you that I have to fight off guilt to fit in my exercise. As mothers we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. The thing is I know that after my hour of exercise, my hour that is completely mine, I know I come back being a better mother to Brooks. Everyone deserves an hour to themselves each day. If you are working full time, try to get your exercise in on the weekends and then 1-2 days during the week. This may mean going for a jog after the baby is sleeping or before he or she gets up in the morning. I’m not saying that it’s going to be easy. I’m just saying that it will be worth it.

So, there it is. I hope this helps! If you feel like you need more help and you have the resources, I would suggest you find a personal trainer. (Click here to find an ACE-certified personal trainer near you.) You could do a few sessions and then do those exercises on your own for a few weeks. Remember though, you don’t need a personal trainer or a gym to succeed. Motivation and determination go a long way. Best of luck and please let me know if you have any questions!

Chiropractic care for babies

 My husband has been going to a chiropractor for years. Personally I thought it was a bunch of b.s. I didn’t see the point and I didn’t feel I had a need for it. That was until I was about 32 weeks pregnant. I was in a spinning class and I was pushing it a bit too hard. At least I think that’s when it started. Regardless, I ended up with sciatic nerve pain and it was brutal. I couldn’t do much without feeling some level of discomfort. Getting in and out of a car was painful. Walking was uncomfortable. I was miserable. I became determined to fix it. I went to my OB/GYN. She sent me to physical therapy. I tried that a few times with no relief. I had prenatal massages which felt amazing but only offered me temporary relief. While I was interviewing a doula, I told her of my discomfort and she recommended I try accupuncture and a chiropractor…well not just any chiropractor. She recommended Dr. Maj from Community Chiropractic. I thought it was really strange that she recommended a chiropractor and I was somewhat apprehensive about going. Was it even safe to see a chiropractor while I was pregnant? Honestly I didn’t know but I did know that I was desperate. So I called and made an appointment. The staff at Community Chiropractic was amazing. Dr. Maj did a whole analysis prior to treating me and most importantly I starting feeling better after my first adjustment. Literally a week and a half after my first meeting I was totally pain free. I was thrilled and I became a believer. I continued seeing Dr. Maj throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I saw many other preggers in the waiting room and even more interesting, I saw many babies and kids. I heard first hand from a few different mothers how beneficial chiropractic care had been for their children. A few weeks after Brooks was born I started going back to get adjusted. Dr. Maj offered to do a free analysis of Brooks and she did. She said he looked good and had minimal trauma during childbirth. About a month or so later while I was getting adjusted, Brooks was sleeping in his carseat in her office and Dr. Maj asked me how he was doing. I told her that he had been really fussy. She said the reason she had asked was because his head was so crooked while he slept. She asked if she could see him. She did some minor adjustments on him. There were no cracking bones or anything traumatic. It looked to me like she stretched him a bit and pressed on some pressure points. Then she dangled him upside down. I watched as he wiggled his head and body while upside down. She explained that this was helping him to adjust his spine and it also stimulates his nervous system which helps to build his immunity. She recommended that we dangle him everyday. He honestly seems to enjoy it. 

Brooks has been going to the chiropractor off and on now his whole life. There were times during the first 3 months when he would have colic like crying and I would take him in. Part of me believes he may have been a colicky baby had he not had chiropractic care. Sound crazy to you? Research has shown a significant decrease in crying in colicky babies when treated by a chiropractor. Although research is still relatively new in this field, studies have also shown less ear infections, bed wetting, and behavior problems in children under chiropractic care. Even more interesting to me, are the case studies that have shown a significant improvement with children with autism. In fact, in one small study of 14 autistic kids, after only 3 months of twice weekly treatments, 2 of the 14 children no longer met the criteria for autism. Only 3 of the 14 children did not show any improvement. “Overall, the study noted that the most common clinical aspects of improvement were in communication, verbal skills, eye contact, mood, and physical sport skills.” Being that April is Autism Awareness month I think the improvements in these children are especially important to note. You can read all of these studies if you click here and you’ll find additional research here.

 

It may be nothing more than coincidental but Brooks got adjusted almost two weeks ago on a Monday and started crawling the following Wednesday (as in 2 days later). I may never know for sure if chiropractic care had anything to do with when he started crawling or if it decreased his colicky-like crying. Even if he never has another ear infection I won’t be able to say for sure if it’s because of his adjustments. What I do know is that even if chiropractic care isn’t drastically improving his life, it’s also not causing him any harm. I believe he sleeps longer after his adjustments. He is a happy, healthy little guy and I will continue to take him to see Dr. Maj as a part of his overall care.