The Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby
The connection between breast-feeding and sleep apnea
Extensive research by scientists has confirmed that over a long period of time, the structure of our jaws has slowly been changing, such that a weak and under-developed jaw has become more prevalent among humans who have not had the opportunity to breast-feed as babies. Providing children with soft foods, for a prolonged period of time, often out of a fear of them choking on more solid foods, has also contributed to the problem. These common practices prevent the jaw from fully developing, which frequently leads to the onset of sleep apnea.
Correcting under-developed jaws
Modern science has fortunately developed an effective treatment for this situation, and patients who have under-developed jaws can use an appliance to stimulate bone growth, allowing the upper jaw to expand into a more normal configuration. This growth or expansion allows the airway to open up, thus facilitating freer breathing and a much better night of sleep. Also, intervention in the early stages of life has the potential to prevent the need for braces or surgical removal of tonsils and/or adenoids in the future.