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Infant Feeding Support Physiotherapy

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We are here to provide comprehensive assistance and guidance to help you and your baby navigate the wonderful world of feeding. With our specialized knowledge and expertise in lactation and infant development, we offer a range of services tailored to address specific feeding challenges and promote a positive experience for both you and your little one.

What our Pediatric Physiotherapist can Help With:

Assess Proper Latch Positioning and Mechanics: 

We will evaluate the latch technique and positioning to ensure that your baby is effectively emptying the breast, promoting efficient milk transfer, and minimizing discomfort for you.

Assess and Treat Infant Jaw and Neck Restrictions: 

If your baby is experiencing difficulties with feeding due to muscle tension, torticollis, or other jaw and neck restrictions, we will assess and provide appropriate treatment to optimize their feeding abilities.

Assess and Treat Infant Suck Mechanics: 

We will analyze your baby's tongue and mouth movements during feeding, identifying any issues with their suck mechanics, and implementing targeted interventions to enhance their feeding skills.

Provide Pre and Post Frenectomy Bodywork: 

If your baby requires a frenectomy (tie revision of lip or tongue), we offer specialized bodywork techniques to support their healing process and improve their feeding outcomes.

Treat Inflammatory Factors of Mother's Breast: 

With a doctor's referral, we can assist in the treatment of blocked ducts or other inflammatory conditions affecting the mother's breast, utilizing appropriate physiotherapy techniques to promote healing and relieve discomfort.

Treat Musculoskeletal Pain of Mom: 

If you are experiencing neck, shoulder, or wrist pain as a result of breastfeeding positioning, we can provide targeted physiotherapy interventions to alleviate musculoskeletal discomfort and support your overall well-being.

Things our Pediatric Physiotherapist Cannot Treat:

To ensure clarity on the scope of physiotherapy as it relates to feeding, please note the following:

  • Feeding Schedules: We do not prescribe specific feeding schedules as every baby's feeding needs may vary.
  • Supply Concerns: While we provide support and guidance to enhance breastfeeding, we do not directly address concerns related to milk supply.
  • Supplementation: Determining the need for supplementation is beyond the scope of our practice, and we recommend consulting with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for guidance in this area.
  • Prescription of Feeding Support Techniques/Devices: We can offer advice and demonstrate proper breastfeeding techniques, but we do not prescribe or recommend specific feeding support techniques or devices.
  • Breast Health without Referral: For breast health concerns, it is important to seek guidance from a physician or midwife who can provide appropriate assessment and referrals if necessary.

For help with the above, you can always book a consultation with one of our Registered Lactation Consultants.

We are dedicated to working collaboratively with you, your baby, and other healthcare professionals to provide the best possible support for your feeding journey.

Meet Our

Infant Feeding Support Physiotherapist

Terri Robicheau, PT
Beginning her career in orthopedics, Terri uncovered her passion for pelvic health physiotherapy and perinatal care after the birth of her children. It was then that she discovered a lack of readily available postpartum care and education for new parents in her home province of Nova Scotia. With the goal of addressing this gap in care, she has completed training in physiotherapy for various pelvic health and perinatal concerns, as well as unique training in physiotherapy for breastfeeding/chestfeeding support. With a passion for supporting new families, Terri also offers Infant Feeding Support Physiotherapy as well as Blocked Duct Ultrasound Therapy to address any issues or concerns while feeding your baby. Terri is a graduate from Baby Dance Club™ and offers this lively and engaging class at our center. Terri uses a thorough approach in her assessments and treatments, ensuring she takes the time to have a clear understanding of her patients’ concerns. She is passionate about working with her patients and empowering them as they achieve their rehabilitation goals. Terri has been practicing as a registered physiotherapist for over a decade. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University, followed by a Master's of Science in Physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University. In her spare time, you will find Terri making memories with her husband and three young boys. She enjoys being active, baking, and going on walks with her sweet new puppy.