5 Good Reasons for Breastfeeding Your Baby

5 reasons for breastfeeding:

1.  Breastfeeding reduces future orthodontics problems:  Proper tongue function during breastfeeding your baby places the pressure of suckling toward the back of the mouth and thus contributes to a broader shaped palate.  This in turn creates more space for the developing permanent teeth and means less time in braces.

2.  Breastfeeding prevents tongue thrusting, open bites and speech problems:  Bottle nipples sometimes allow the flow of milk to be continuous and encourages the child to stop the flow with forward placement of the tongue. This stimulates the development of a tongue thrust, which can eventually affect speech and tooth position.

3.  Breastfeeding your baby promotes health:  In addition to the obvious nurturing aspect of breastfeeding research has shown that it also reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, asthma, and allergies.

4.  Fewer cavities:  Breast milk contains some natural “antibiotics” to prevent tooth decay.  Lactoferrin is the component that controls the bacteria which is a major contributor to tooth decay.  Cow’s milk also creates more acid than human milk.

5.  Breastfeeding your baby promotes favorable facial growth:  The complex action of the sucking motion influences better lower jaw development, stronger facial muscles and a healthier palatal dimension. Research has shown that children who are breastfed do not have the need for further sucking on a pacifier or thumb.

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