I have had such a fulfilling and delightful b-feeding relationship with my 22 mo son, but now I am trying to find the right steps to begin weaning him and I feel sad and conflicted over this.
The breastfeeding has provided such comfort for him, especially throughout the night, because he has had terrible eczema issues for the past year. (The boy has NEVER slept through the night. He wakes every 1 to 2 hours itchy or just generally grumpy and the breast soothes him greatly.) But I really had NO IDEA that you are supposed to wipe your baby's teeth off after each feeding and my poor little boy now has a mouthful of tooth decay! (How do you do this when your baby nurses constantly throughout the night? I feel so guilty-- I thought I was providing him with comfort and nutrition, but instead I was rotting his teeth?!)
There is a part of me that wonders whether the eczema and tooth decay are symptoms of a bigger problem (he has tested negative for Celiac but is still on a gluten-free diet because it seems to improve the eczema.) We eat very little sugar and have good brushing and flossing habits. My other child has perfect teeth!
I would much rather find a natural alternative (more healing) route to treat his teeth, because the only way to cap/fill his teeth is to put him to sleep for the procedure. (I feel scared just thinking about it.) And of course, the 3 dentists we took him to are all shocked that I still nurse him and gave him "bottle rot."
I don't want to rush the weaning process though and I would appreciate any ideas or advice about how to go about doing this. Or if anyone has experienced alternative treatments for ECC. Thank you so much.