As requested, here is a quick cut-and-paste job of facts from many sources that motivate us to stick with this job. The lactation consultant who has given me advice over the phone agreed that when someone says it didn’t work for them, it’s because they decided to stop trying somewhere along the line. Verity will get there if we don’t quit!
Thank you to the friend who gave me this word in season! “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
“Breastfeeding requires different involvement of orofacial muscles than bottle feeding. This greater involvement provides excellent stimulation of your baby’s orofacial musles and gives her a real developmental advantage. The exercise of breastfeeding itself will improve your baby’s muscle strength and control, which will help compensate for the low tone.
Breastfeeding will give her jaw greater stability. The shape of the breast makes her hold her mouth open wider than she would for a bottle nipple. This open position helps to keep her jaw from wobbling.
Breastfeeding helps with lip closure and can discourage tongue thrusting as the child gets older. It prepares your baby for eating other foods and for development of speech skills.