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Updated: Feb 13

Episode 40 of the Airway First podcast is now out! You can catch this and all other episodes on Apple, SoundCloud, Podbean, RSS, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. And check us out on YouTube!

Airway First Podcast with Kelsey Baker

My guest today is Kelsey Baker, a Holistic Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She has worked in Early Intervention (EI) since 2009 and has been working with children between the ages of 0-5 in the Philadelphia area since 2011.

Kelsey is focused on proactive care to best support babies in their feeding and overall development as she believes that feeding is a vital sign and can be indicative of so much happening in a child’s body. She uses a combination of bodywork and therapeutic modalities to help regulate nervous systems, increase mobility and strength, and help parents best support their babies where they are on the way to where they want to be.

You can find out more about Kelsey at

Throughout my years of practice as an Occupational Therapist, I have learned that focusing on one area of delay or difficulty, is almost never enough. Looking at each person as a whole within their own unique world is vital to see progress and allow for healing ~ Kelsey Baker

Show Notes:


1) Breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for babies

In the first six to twelve months of a baby's life, breast milk contains everything they need. Furthermore, breast milk's composition changes as the baby grows, ensuring your baby receives exactly what it needs.

Truly, the only thing missing in breast milk is a high volume of vitamin D. In fact, unless you have a very high intake of vitamin D, it might be the only thing your breast milk lacks. Talk to your pediatrician about vitamin D drops to see if they might be right for your baby.

2) Breastfeeding provides critical antibodies for babies

The antibodies in breast milk help your baby fight viruses and bacteria during the first few months of life. The main way this occurs is that your body will begin producing antibodies as you are exposed, which your baby will receive through your breast milk.

Breastfed babies become healthier children and adults experiencing:

  • Fewer instances of issues with allergies, eczema, and asthma

  • Lower risk of developing type I and II diabetes

  • Lower rates of respiratory illness

  • Lower rates of developing speech and orthodontic problems

  • Better dental and jaw development with fewer cavities --- growing healthier faces

  • Lower risk of becoming obese later in childhood

  • Improved brain maturation

  • Greater immunity to infection and a stronger overall immune system

  • Less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis

  • Lower risk of childhood cancer and postmenopausal breast cancer

While formula can contain many vitamins and minerals your baby needs, it is unable to provide these critical antibodies.

3) Breastfeeding helps to reduce disease risk for babies

Exclusive breastfeeding provides your baby with long-term health benefits. In addition to reducing the risk of many illnesses and diseases, breastfeeding also helps prevent:

  • Middle ear infections

  • Excessive colds and gut infections

  • Intestinal tissue damage

  • Respiratory tract infections

  • Allergic diseases

Additionally, breastfeeding helps your baby develop habits that will have an impact on their breathing and airway health. It also helps to properly develop their pallet and strengthen their tongue and mouth muscles.


Education is the first step for any parent concerned about their child's ability to breastfeed and oral health.

The Children's Airway First Foundation Resource library has information that can aid in identifying symptoms and providing guidance on the first steps towards helping your child with an airway disorder.

As with any medical condition, consult your child's pediatrician should you see any of these symptoms in your child or if you suspect your child is suffering from an airway disorder.

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