JAWS & BREASTFEEDING
breast suckling, the undulating rhythmic elevation and
lowering of the jaw stimulates lower jaw growth, during
the most rapid period of jaw growth.
Van der Linden's Handbook of Facial Orthopedics--1982)
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 46)
Breastfeeding helps jaws and airways
to develop properly. Bottle and pacifier use can deform
jaws and airways. Breast suckling promotes good
forward jaw growth and development. Bottle pacifier
and finger sucking put backward forces on the
jaws during one of the most important periods of rapid
forward growth. Dentists should advocate breastfeeding
for about 6 to 12 months.
Research shows breastfed infants have considerably
less illness and fewer lifelong health problems. Some
of the health benefits of breastfeeding are due to better
jaw and airway formation, although most credit has been
given to the content of a nursing mother's milk.
David C. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 47)