My work beautifully complements your special unique set of skills, especially if you are a:
La Leche League Leader
Counsellor who specializes in postpartum
Professional who supports breastfeeding and postpartum period
We would be a good fit and work well together if you:
welcome all forms of family.
offer compassionate, nonjudgmental care for moms and babies.
welcome and encourage other allied professionals to compliment the care you offer.
have, or aspire to have, a healthy referral network for those problems that don't respond to your best techniques.
want to work with someone who has experience working with babies and understands the unique physiological needs of the infant's body.
A crying baby or a baby who has difficulty feeding is time sensitive issue. When we work together we provide the best possible care for moms. It adds value to our client's experience as they get faster results.
My special skills
Tension in the infant's mouth and body makes a tremendous impact on latch and nursing. This is often a missing piece in helping moms with latch and nursing.
Releasing tension in the baby's mouth and body helps it work better with latching, nursing, digestion, mood and sleep.
Hello. My name is Tracy Laval. I am a pediatric Craniosacral Therapist.
The majority of my clients are moms with babies newborn up to 6 months. Moms often come to me because they are having latch and nursing problems. Their babies have trouble gaining weight.
I use a gentle touch approach that is relaxing for both mom and baby. Moms like that I work gently with their baby's body. Babies often have a good sleep following a session.
I am specially trained in pain free pre & post frenectomy care for babies with tongue and lip tie. I also teach moms simple and practical tips to help strengthen their baby's tongue, mouth and body to improve the function of their baby's mouth. Moms really like this.
In my practice, babies get fast tracked to be seen as early as possible. They often are seen within 2 days.
I pay particular attention to releasing tension around the body parts of the baby that are involved in sucking, swallowing, and breathing.
To breastfeed, the baby uses over 30 muscles and half of the nerves from the brain are used. For successful breastfeeding (and for proper digestion) each muscle must work together in a coordinated and precise way. Too much tension, or too little (it's often a combination of both) and the baby has a shallow latch, swallows air, vomits, has painful gas, arches her back, tenses up and cries.
With less tension, more ease, comfort and freedom to move, and better nerve signalling from the baby's brain to their muscles, the baby can better use their mouth, jaw, head and throat.
This leads to:
baby is able to open their mouth wide (no more shallow latch).
deeper pain free latches (no more lipstick shaped, white, cracked, blistered nipples).
better lip and tongue seal (no more leaky seal which causes baby to swallow air).
a relaxed, happy baby (no more tense baby that arches their back and cries).
a baby that's actually sucking (no more chomping or chewing on mom's nipple, or milk blisters on baby's lip).
better digestion (no more sleeping upright; no more projectile vomiting, reflux or excessive spit up; so much less laundry & a baby that is happy on their back and belly).
a baby comfortable nursing on both breasts in any position.
a higher quality sucking function (increasing mom's milk supply & baby's weight gain, reducing clogged ducts).
This makes for a happy, relaxed, weight gaining baby and moms that make plentiful milk (by creating a stronger demand signal). I also work with other common infants problems that interfere with proper suck-swallow-breath function such as: tongue tie, lip tie, torticollis (head tilt), and plagiocephaly (headshaping).
Degrees & Diplomas
Diploma: Manual Osteopathy: 2200 hours, National Academy of Osteopathy, Toronto