In the womb and after the birth the baby has been drinking with a tongue tie.
The birth was maybe difficult this can lead to tense muscles.
The tongue and the lip tie urge the baby to get milk in a compensatory way. The baby had to use his or her jaws to obtain milk. This clenching, chewing and biting on the nipple can lead to tight muscles in the jaw and neck, in turn leading to overstretching, restlessness, crying and a prefered side to feed as well as positioning the head while sleeping. Sometimes you also see shivering of the baby’s chin, this is a sign of tension in the jaw muscles. Very often the baby doesn’t open his/her mouth wide.
Relaxing the muscles can help the baby learn to drink in a new more relaxed way. As we know from worldwide research it seems most effective to do this relaxation treatment before and after the release. This can be done by chiropractors, osteopaths, CST (cranio sacral therapists) and specially trained physiotherapists who perform manual therapy in babies. A chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist are professionally trained to do this.
Check out their expertise with babies on their website, or by telephone, especially in the jaw/ mouth/neck area or about tongue tie problems.