The Breastfeeding Process in Infants Affects Organ Development in the Oral Area


JAKARTA Growth and development The baby’s face, jaw, and mouth (orofacial) areas are greatly affected by the breastfeeding phase. Breastfeeding allows the baby’s jaw that is still in the process of developing to be better formed.

In the breastfeeding phase, babies learn the process of sucking and swallowing. Breastfeeding can also stimulate the activity of the muscles around the baby’s mouth and tongue, which will affect the baby’s digestive and respiratory systems.

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Giving breast milk directly from the mother’s breast is best for the baby. However, due to health reasons, the inability of mothers to give milk and mothers who work outside the home may cause the need for assistive devices to provide milk. Use bottle be one of the options and solutions to the problem.

Pediatric Dentist from Padjadjaran University DR. drg. Erika Riyanti, Sp. KGA (K) revealed, the mechanism of sucking babies who breastfeed directly from mothers with babies who use bottles is different.

Babies who drink milk using assistive devices often have risks such as choking, bloating, to malocclusion (disorders of tooth and jaw growth that occur in children). This is due to the improper shape of the pacifier, the position of the baby to suckle, the readiness of the baby to receive the flow of milk, and the intensity of sucking on the pacifier.

“There is a fact that children who are not breastfed or breastfed directly from their mothers tend to experience a higher severity of malocclusion than children who are breastfed or breastfed directly,” said drg. Erika in a virtual press conference held by Baby HUKI, recently.

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A study conducted by a research team from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Padjadjaran University in 2020 revealed that the risks or problems that often arise from the use of pacifiers, both short and long term, can be prevented with pacifiers that are developed according to physiological principles. supports rhythmic suction, i.e. orthodontic pacifier.

“Physiologically designed teats will facilitate forward and upward movement of the tongue on the flat surface of the teat. The flow of milk will not automatically flow into the throat, if there is no sucking movement due to the activity of the muscles of the tongue, cheeks, and lips. The mechanism does not make your little one choke. Physiologically designed pacifier shows good adaptation to the organs and physiological mechanisms of sucking,” said drg. Erika, who is also the lead researcher.

Related to this, Baby HUKI has presented orthodontic pacifiers as a solution to support breastfeeding. This orthodontic pacifier is the only one that has an orthodontic brand patent in Indonesia and is halal certified, so your little one can drink milk comfortably and not easily choke.

“The Baby HUKI pacifier supports rhythmic suction and is better than the standard pacifier. The way the Baby HUKI pacifier works is like a mother’s nipple, which makes the little one comfortable when using it and can help the baby’s teeth and gums grow,” said Franciska Puspa Julia, Business Unit Director of Baby HUKI.

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This orthodontic pacifier does not make your little one choke, bloat, or damage the tooth structure. With a flat shape and the position of the hole in the middle of the surface, the flow of milk does not shoot directly into the throat and water does not come out when not sucked, so that your baby is free from choking, anticolic, and does not confuse the nipples when breastfeeding

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The orthodontic pacifier is also designed according to the shape of the baby’s mouth so that it can support and stimulate the growth of the baby’s jaw and gums.



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