Obstetrics/GynecologyObstetrics and Gynecology

Osteopathic considerations for breastfeeding women

Eileen M. Conaway, DO, IBCLC, and Arlene E. O’Donnell, DO
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: February 28, 2021

Accepted: June 3, 2021

Published: July 14, 2021

  • Eileen M. Conaway, DO, IBCLC, 

    AdventHealth Family Medicine Residency in East Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA

  • Arlene E. O’Donnell, DO, 

    AdventHealth Family Medicine Residency in East Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA

Abstract

Extensive benefits of breastfeeding have been identified and although many women initiate breastfeeding, discontinuation is common when problems arise. In this article, the authors review the pertinent anatomy of the breast with osteopathic considerations to help osteopathic physicians identify myofascial, vascular, lymphatic, or innervation somatic dysfunctions to support the breastfeeding mothers’ long term breastfeeding goals, optimize breastmilk supply, and potentially prevent or treat problems that could interfere with lactation. Observations from the authors’ academic mother-baby osteopathic manipulation clinic are also included.

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