Effect Of Breastfeeding Position On The Baby’s Head?

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I want to ask, my child is now 4 months old, so when I breastfeed, I lie down more often, I tilt it to the keri so my child’s position is to the right. I change my position to face the right then my child faces the left, which is rare. Is it true that the position during breastfeeding affects the child’s head, because my child is already lying on his stomach, so my child’s head can stand upright, but if you see the person in front is tilted to the right, then the old person said because the position when I was breastfeeding was facing the left more often . Explanation please

1 Answer:

Hi Nissapurwana,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

It is true, the position of the baby's head can affect the shape of the skull in the future. Babies who are too often emphasized on the right side of the head, for example because of the habit of breastfeeding on the left breast or because they are carried more often on the left side, the shape of the head can be flat on the right side, as a result when he is in an upright position, his head will appear like tilted left. This of course occurs when the emphasis is carried out continuously and it is not balanced between the right and the left. This condition is often referred to by the general public as peyang (plagicephaly).


Apart from being clumsy, your child's head position may appear tilted to the left for other reasons, for example:


Torticollis (neck muscle dystonia, can be affected by the position of the fetus in the womb)
Congenital abnormalities (congenital)
Neck muscle injury, and so on

If the inclination of your child's head is very conspicuous, there is nothing wrong with having your child checked by a pediatrician. If it is true that the complaint only occurs due to diarrhea, then as long as the crown on the skull has not closed, this condition can generally be prevented from getting worse. However, if the cause is different, the doctor will evaluate the best treatment method.


In the meantime, here are the steps you should take:

Try to feed the baby more evenly, on the right and left breast
As much as possible, do not breastfeed your child while lying down, especially on a bed that is too hard
Change the position of the baby while sleeping
Also vary the way you hold the baby
Do not massage the baby's head or neck too hard

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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