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The Infant Gastrointestinal Tract

Breastfeeding can be a major concern for mothers. But once good nursing commences, many moms then feel they are good to go.

In my world nursing is just the beginning of the food conversion process. For the complete health of the newborn, we need to look at the function of the gastrointestinal tract.


A doctor once told me that you can eat the best organic food on the plane but, if you cannot digest that food, it is worthless. Digestion starts in the mouth and primarily occurs in the stomach, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder. Many babies have fascial strain in some or all of these organs. When indigestion occurs, gas can be passed. The Gillespie Approach can help to relieve the fascial strain in these organs to optimize digestion and minimize gas.


Assimilation or absorption of nutrients occurs primarily in the small intestine. Our work can relieve the strain in these tissues for better maintenance of life.


Metabolism occurs at the cellular level, primarily with mitochondrial function. Since the fascial web connects to every cell, a relaxed fascial web would allow for better cellular metabolism. Research has indicated that each cell may possibly have its own unique fascial web controlling its function—wow.


Currently nursing babies can poop once a week with pediatric blessing. In our world fascial strain can inhibit normal peristalsis to create stagnation and constipation. When the fascial strain is released in the intestines with the help of the Gillespie Approach, the infant can poop a more normal every or every other day.

My wish is for every newborn to leave the hospital breathing well, nursing well, digesting well, pooping well, and napping well. That is a happy baby.

"Disease begins in the fascia."

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