We all know about the many benefits of breast milk.
It strengthens baby’s immune system, it provides optimal nutrition……..
But did you know that breastfeeding your child also has a positive impact on your their growing face, jaws and teeth?
Studies show that breastfeeding helps to develop the muscles of the face and tongue and assists in establishing a nasal breathing pattern, all of which are essential for ideal facial and jaw development.
Most growth of the face and jaws takes place in the first 4 years of life and it is the early feeding habits that dictate this pattern.
Researchers believe that it is the shape of the breast tissue and the way babies hold it between the roof of their mouth, cheeks and tongue that strengthens the face and tongue muscles and prepares them for speech and chewing.
Also the action of the tongue and jaw muscles during feeding help to develop the face.
Pretty cool hey.
As mothers we are given SO MUCH information about the power of breast milk, we often don’t get told about the benefits of breast feeding on our babies’ faces and jaws – information we all should be know about.
Disclaimer – I have four kids and have both breast AND bottle fed them.
P.S. I will write another post on the best way to bottle feed your baby for healthy oral development soon!