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Keywords

Bottle feeding, Pacifiers, Dummies, Orofacial Myology, Swallowing

Abstract

Publications throughout the world attribute to the artificial teat and the pacifier (dummy) the reason why some mothers, who suspend breast-feeding for a while, are unable to resume it afterwards. The authors wanted to evaluate the specific characteristics of the various commercially made teats and pacifiers. This evaluation examined the physical characteristics of such commercially available teats. It has been possible to affirm that the specific features of the various teats tested are important in the resumption of breast-feeding after such an interruption. It’s easier to resume breast-feeding after interruption if artificial teats are prescribed with an understanding of the muscular movements during swallowing.

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