Torticollis: Causes, Impact on Breastfeeding, and Solutions


Over 25% of North American infants are afflicted with torticollis. Torticollis presents unique challenges to breastfeeding, and the incidence of this formerly rare condition is on the rise. In this module, Dr. Hazelbaker reviews the causes of the condition in detail, she outlines an assessment process, and she presents learners with multiple therapeutic strategies for resolving torticollis in infants.

CEUs: 1.5 L-CERP/1.5 CE

Course Price: $25.00 (USD)

Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Define torticollis.
  • List the signs and symptoms of torticollis in infants.
  • Discuss the impact of torticollis on breastfeeding.
  • Articulate the structural assessment process.

Topics Covered

  • Torticollis defined.
  • Causes and incidence of torticollis.
  • Infant feeding deficits caused by torticollis.
  • Assessing a baby for torticollis: postural, range of motion, feeding.
  • Treatment strategies.
  • Strategies for supporting breastfeeding the baby with torticollis.
  • Referral: when, who, what.

Course/Module Description

Torticollis, a foreshortening of the fascia of the neck that causes an abnormal head rotation and tilt, presents unique challenges to breastfeeding. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker discusses torticollis, its definition, causes, and impact on breastfeeding. She explains the easy-to-apply structural assessment process and suggests ways to facilitate breastfeeding until the torticollis is resolved. She further presents and discusses multiple therapeutic strategies for resolving torticollis in infants.

The content in this module is re-evaluated every three years in accordance with ANCC criteria. This content will be re-evaluated and updated on or before March 30, 2023.


Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker