Originally Posted by ozark
Ya know, my naturopath had always told me that the need for braces and number of cavities are closely related to how long the patient was breastfed.
Could it be that you took your sweet DD of the breast too soon? If so, then the cost of the braces should only be on your shoulders.
I breastfed both my kids. I tandem nursed. The older one weaned at herself at 2. The younger one I weaned when she was nearly 4. My younger DD had SEVERAL cavities as a toddler and is now in braces. She started getting cavities WHILE she was still nursing.
My other DD is in Invisalign,
Besides, the OPer's DD doesn't NEED braces -- she just wants them. There is no NEED, just a desire to look more our culture says we should all look. Nothing is wrong with her. Nothing. If she wanted a nose job and researched showed that BF babies had more socially desirable noses than non-BF babies, do you think her parents should shell out the money for that too?
This is about LOOKS and WANTS. Not needs.
Parents are not, IMHO, required to pay for everything their child wants. (Esp when they don't actually have the money!)
Nor is it appropriate to BLAME mothers for the way their kids turn out. All studies are based on averages. Non of this parenting stuff comes with guarantees. Just because one can say if you do X, Y is the more likely outcome, it does not follow that if you don't get Y, you did anything wrong. It's just averages.
(sorry for the vent)
Edited by Linda on the move - 9/14/11 at 3:32pm