I was too shocked to respond properly - this same doctor was so supportive when I struggled with breastfeeding in the early weeks. The practice has a LC on staff who I love. And I thought the "official" recommendation was a 1 year MINIMUM?!?!
My own confusion notwithstanding, my DH was there and tends to follow advice if it comes from someone in a white coat. So, can someone help me find some evidence that breastfeeding is ok from a dental hygiene perspective?
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Wife to wonderful DH (8/04) and SAHM to DD1 (4/08) and DD2 (7/13)
I am going to find the statement.
And here's the word from the American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/3143.aspx
Remind your dh that doctors are given either 1) absolutely none or 2) maybe a tiny bit of breastfeeding related education during their schooling. Anything they're saying is personal opinion, not medical advice.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
I'm sorry, but.... WHAT?!! That's the silliest thing I've ever heard! Breast milk contains sugars, yes...but it also has many anti-bacterial properties that help fight tooth decay, just as the kellymom.com article explains. The only thing that makes babies' teeth decay is diets high in sugar and lack of dental hygiene, just like any other human. Breast milk also provides such amazing nutrition and immunological benefits, even after 1 year, it's the best thing you can do!
Mostly WAH mama with DS1, 9yo DS2, 6yo DD1, 4yoDD2, 7mos & my awesome DH And surprise - another bun in the oven!
My pedi dentist knew I was breastfeeding my almost three year old who did have the kind of decay that your ped is worried about and his only concern was nighttime nursing and he wasn't even pushy about that.
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