Breast Feeding and Jaw Development
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the primary way to prevent malocclusions and avoid bad oral habits during infancy. The correct position of the baby during breastfeeding is essential to develop nasal breathing and proper swallowing techniques. The baby should be seated on his/her mother’s lap with the body and head 45-70 degrees and not laying down on the bed.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of an infant’s life for the benefit of mother and child!
Breastfeeding exclusively enhances craniofacial growth and development, and helps prevent non-nutritive sucking habits. Breastfeeding for less than six months or not at all has been shown to result in malocclusion (incorrect bite) and posterior crossbite in particular. Crossbite in deciduous teeth develops early and rarely self-corrects, so early preventive action is warranted.