Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

1 Bump

Does breastfeeding have anything to do with POOR speech articulation?

This would apply with toddlers breastfed beyond the second year.


Asked by Anonymous at 10:01 AM on Feb. 14, 2011 in Parenting Debate

This question is closed.
Answers (14)
  • No, there has never been a federally recognized/educationally recognized study that has proven bf-ing has anything to do with any kind of speech delays. Typically children who suffer from articulation disorders have some type of under-developed muscle. In the mouth and face alone there are over 200 muscles that must work together to for proper speech. If even one muscle doesn't do its job it will in some way effect the child's speech. That's why a speech therapists job is to work on the muscles of the face/mouth helping to strengthen them, or in some cases tighten them when a muscle is too loose due to a birth defect. Either way, it has nothing to do with how a child is being fed. On that note, blaming the parents for poor articulation themselves is equally as ignorant a statement. There are thousands of families where mom and/or dad have an articulation disorder and their children speak absolutely perfect, and vis versa.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 11:02 PM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • LMAO...No! That's the most stupid thing i've ever heard. (FYI, I'm a breastfeeding educator and child develpment specialist/consultant). And personally, i breastfed until 3, and my son's language develpment (reading/artuculation/comprehnesion/spelling) is at the top of his class. Poor speech articulation begins and ends at home with parents language skills and reading to their kids.

    Answer by boobarandbell at 10:11 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • That's possibly one of the most unenlightened accusations I've heard about breastfeeding...

    Answer by misses_nick at 10:22 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • Nope. Not at all.

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:44 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • No.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 10:51 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • Studies have shown the opposite.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 10:58 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • No. That is literally the most asinine accusatory statement regarding EBF I have ever heard.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:19 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • No. I'm sure that whoever said it meant well. If your child is having trouble articulating speech after two, you should check with the doctor, but it's not because of breastfeeding.

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:53 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • No, LOL!

    Answer by mompam at 11:53 AM on Feb. 14, 2011

  • No, and thanks for the laugh! Food isn't going to negatively impact speech, it would be like blaming orange juice for an ear infection.

    Answer by SnapdragonSMT at 11:57 AM on Feb. 14, 2011