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Babies Who Breastfeed Develop Better Jaws

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According to the article, ?the act of breastfeeding requires a very sophisticated coordination of muscles and movement from the baby?s jaw and tongue?much different from what is required for drinking from a bottle. Babies have to work to breastfeed, which is sometimes witnessed in the form of ?muscle fatigue? when a newborn?s jaw starts quivering while breastfeeding.?

?Bottle feeding is a more passive activity, where the baby does not have to exert much energy in order to cause the milk to flow out. The muscles used and the motion of the jaw and tongue are different in breastfeeding when compared to bottle feeding, leading to a difference in actual jaw development.?

Other researchers have been lobbying for the benefits of breastfeeding children. Dr. Brian Palmer believed that children who were breastfed had better overall dental health and less restricted airways. Further research has showed that breastfed children are less likely to face sudden infant death syndrome because of a believed hardened palate and airway.

?Another study released in January found that 8-year-old children with a family history of asthma were less likely to have habitual snoring or incidences of sleep apnea if they had been breastfed. The study controlled for weight, so being overweight was not a factor in the findings. The results might be explained by the development of the jaw; sleep apnea is more common when someone has a high palate and narrow dental arch?which is more likely to develop with bottle-feeding and other forms of artificial nipples, like pacifiers.?

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