What are the breastfeeding benefits for facial development and, nose breathing and straight teeth? This is one of my favorite topics to discuss!
Did you know breastfeeding does more than just provide essential nutrients to a child? Breastfeeding also strengthens the muscles of the cheeks, lips and tongue and helps to develop a healthy swallow. Most importantly, breast feeding helps to develop a beautiful and healthy AIRWAY. Breast feeding and nose breathing are the two MOST IMPORTANT ways for babies to spend their days.
How Does Breast Feeding Affect Airway And Breathing And Future Sleep Apnea?
Breastfeeding helps to strengthen and tone the mouth and face muscles. Even babies need to go to the mom’s breast gym every day! It’s true! Mother Nature uses breastfeeding as a way to give nutrition to the baby and also to prepare the baby for a lifetime of good health by having a healthy swallow and airway.
It’s like this-during breastfeeding the baby has to WORK to get the milk out and survive. The muscles get strong and life is good! These are breastfeeding benefits. Strong muscles mean the baby will breathe through the nose, the way Mother Nature intended, because you need strong muscles to keep the mouth closed and to keep the tongue on the roof of the mouth in the resting position AND to swallow with the back of the tongue with the front of the tongue braced up against the roof of the mouth. Through out life, nose breathing with the tongue on the roof of the mouth and the lips closed is the single most important habit we can develop.
If your baby gets used to mouth breathing, on the other hand, this is BAD. The tongue drops down, gets weak and starts to develop unusual habits like thrusting against the teeth. When the tongue is low, the upper jaw starts to collapse down instead of forward, and the lower jaw develops too far back and starts to block the throat and airway. There is not enough space for the tongue and the teeth come out crooked. When there is not enough space for the tongue it falls back at night and causes us to choke. Not good! Your child is not breathing and is getting crooked teeth that will cost thousands of dollars to fix.
What Is A Healthy Swallow And Why Should I Care? I Am Swallowing Food Everyday.
A healthy swallow means the food is thrown into the throat with the back part of the tongue. This is a function that is a breastfeeding benefit. The front of the tongue braces against the roof of the mouth to give a bracing support for this to happen. A tongue thrust is a bad swallow where the tongue pushes against the teeth during swallowing. This can cause teeth to shift, orthodontic relapse, gum recession to name a few bad things that cost a lot of money to fix.
What Does Breastfeeding Have To Do With Good Face Development And Straight Teeth? I Mean, Really???
Yes, it’s true. The entire face development depends on muscles, not genetics! The muscles command how the bones grow. And breastfeeding benefits develops strong muscles and nose breathing habits that brace the tongue on the roof of the mouth and put the right amount of pressure on the upper jaw to develop forward. Guess what;s above the Roof of the mouth? The nose and airway! So as the tongue pushes on the roof of the mouth during breastfeeding, the airway is growing into a beautiful shape that will ensure nose breathing, the single most important habit of our life! This also grows the face more proportionately and beautifully, like Brad Pitt. A breastfeeding benefit is that your son will look like Brad Pitt and your daughter will look like Claudia Schiffer!
Bottle feeding and sippy cup sipping has the potential to separate the epiglottis and soft palate and drive the tongue back therefore altering its natural action. This significantly increases the risk of adults developing airway problems like sleep apnea.
If you notice your baby has trouble latching during breastfeeding we can help by providing laser frenectomy. Please take advantage of the multitude of breastfeeding benefits. This is extremely important for proper nutrition and a lifetime of good health. You can call us at 310-205-0900 for further information. Dr. Dayan is available for a 20 minute Video Visit, click here to schedule a remote appointment.