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My dd just had her 12 month checkup today, and despite her excellent health, her pediatrician told me to stop breastfeeding "as soon as possible, because it will ruin her teeth". She described kids she'd seen whose teeth were badly eroded by breast milk. She was adamant: "you should stop by 15 m at the latest but preferably by 12m."

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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http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/tooth-decay/

Trust kellymom for great breastfeeding info!

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Perfect - thank you for the link!
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Yes, the official word of the American Academy of Pediatricians is that it last for a minimum of one year, and after that as long as mother and baby want. It also says something about it being important that pediatricians have accurate information about breastfeeding. Sigh.

I am going to find the statement.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827

And here's the word from the American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/3143.aspx
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Sorry they said that. I would bring the Who and Lll statements on breastfeeding as well as info for the next lll meeting smile.gif
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Sorry he said that, and is causing trouble with your husband's views. If necessary, find another expert to set the record straight with your husband.
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You should send the ADA study to your doctor with a note about how she is providing outdated information.

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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.


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My dd just had her 12 month checkup today, and despite her excellent health, her pediatrician told me to stop breastfeeding "as soon as possible, because it will ruin her teeth". She described kids she'd seen whose teeth were badly eroded by breast milk.

I'm sorry, but.... WHAT?!! biglaugh.gifThat'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!


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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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