I read breastfeeding is good for my baby’s oral development; is this true?
Babies who only breastfeed have a different sucking pattern than bottle-fed babies. They have to coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Breastfeeding helps widen a baby’s palate, allowing for more space when their teeth come in. They are also less likely to have an overbite or other dental problems. When babies use a bottle or pacifier for a long time, they are more likely to have these problems.