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post #21 of 26

I think children naturally wean (in stone age? I don't know) when their ADULT teeth start coming in. I was told that mammals generally wean when adult teeth come in. I was also told that nursing into toddler hood is actually helpful to teeth alignment and muscle development of the mouth. This has been true for my kids who nursed till 3 1/2 yrs and the other is 5yrs 5 months and still nursing and both have perfect teeth

post #22 of 26
Fear plain and simple. Babies bite my 1st born bit me a few times. But that is when you teach them not to and they stop.

I was breastfeed till I was 5. I had braces now as an adult two extractions, three root canals all of my back teeth are filled.
post #23 of 26
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Thanks, everyone, for all of your input on this topic. I still haven't had a chance to talk to the doctor, but I have a file of articles about extended breastfeeding I am going to give him.

 

Ooh, all the biting stories- ouch! I haven't experienced that yet with my little one, but I will take the different pieces of advice on how to deal and train babe not to bite.

 

And yes, I have heard about "bottle-rot" and how the breast is *NOT* the same... possibly this is where part of the myth comes from?

 

I wonder about exclusive breastfed babies having bad teeth later on in life - how much of this is diet or genetics? It's like throwing the baby out with the bath water to say "just wean them already when the teeth come in" because there are more factors than breastfeeding that can lead to poor dental health. To me, the benefits of extended breastfeeding outweigh some unresearched claim about poor teeth. I am all about taking research-based decisions, so going with the positive BF research for now!

post #24 of 26
Sirena bad teeth is part genetics and diet to a certain degree though. A friend of mine had her first cavity when she was in her thirties. She was formula fed had an ok diet considering she drinks pepsi everyday. For me I grind my teeth due to stress imo that's why my teeth are in bad shape. Breastfeeding didn't cause it though.
post #25 of 26

My mother asked me when I was going to wean my first daughter, and I said when she got teeth.  My mother said, "She's over a year old, she doesn't have teeth yet?"  I said, "Oh sure, but those are just her milk teeth, I meant I'd stop when her permanent teeth come in."  

post #26 of 26
Beautiful V!!!!!
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