Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist specializing in oral-motor function and feeding therapy, and I sit down to talk about how the way we feed our babies/young children impacts their facial structure/jaw/teeth development, nasal and air passageways, and speech. We discuss (among other things):
-the difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding, and each method's impact on oral-facial musculature and development
-how to bottle feed in a way that mimics breastfeeding as much as possible
-how tongue ties, pacifiers, and bottles can lead to a high, narrow palate (and thus suboptimal breathing - think open mouth posture)
-the critical practice of keeping infants in optimal positions for gross motor development (through babywearing, prone position and/or lying on back), and how this ultimately affects fine motor development (think feeding/speech)
-why you should consider ditching the "baby equipment"!
-when and how to introduce solids
-are crooked teeth ever "normal"? Or a sign of something gone awry?
Find out more about Diane at her website:, and check out her books here:
"Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That!"
"Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right"
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