Oral Development

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.

 

SOURCES: https://www.jisppd.com/article.asp?issn=0970-4388;year=2008;volume=26;issue=3;spage=102;epage=106;aulast=Moimaz 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30134878/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27987514/

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