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My 20 m ds has tooth decay. - NOT caused by BF, the decay was caused by a past health issue!! But in an effort to keep the decay for progressing and attacking other teeth I am thinking about night weaning. I cosleep and he loves his pacifier( I wash the pacifier before bed after we brush). I do not want him to leave our bed. Looking for ap ideas.<br>
My thoughts at this point are<br>
1) Nurse at night for a week or so, just not in bed anymore.I will get up and move to a chair to nurse.<br>
2) The next step would be to only getting up to nurse every other time he askes.<br>
3)Then not get up at all and just cuddle back to sleep.<br><br>
What do you think? I dont want to do this yet, but I feel it is my job to try and control the decay. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/tb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="brush"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Well, I'm of the opinion that as long as you're brushing his teeth before bed time and then he has nothing but breastmilk, night nursing is not a problem. But I certainly understand that you want to do what's best.<br><br>
When we began to wean I think I pretty much started out with the "every other time" philosophy and gradually transitioned to the cuddle in place of the nursing. I'm afraid you'll get over-tired and frustrated if you try moving to a chair to nurse.<br><br>
((hugs)) I hope this helps and good luck!!<br><br>
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I night-weaned DD when she was about 18 mos old. I started by interfering a little with the nursing to sleep thing (it was the only way she'd fall asleep) when she was about 12 mos by wiping her teeth with a cloth after nursing at bedtime. Within a few days or weeks (it was a while ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ) it progressed to a full toothbrushing between nursing and putting her down to sleep.<br><br>
I decided that I couldn't handle night nursing (at least 3 times per night) anymore at about 18 mos, so when she woke, I just held her and rocked her. Yeah, she cried, but she was being held by loving arms, and she did settle down shortly. It did take longer the first time, but the 3rd time that night she only cried softly a minute or two, same thing the second night and by the end of the third night, she went right back to sleep.<br><br>
Of course, I hadn't discovered AP yet, but I was resisting the trend of all my other mommy acquaintances to wean at 12 mos and Ferberize at 9 mos. I have to admit that she was speaking in full sentences by that time, so her languange comprehension was probably a factor in the ease of this transition - I was able to explain that she could have "nana" in the morning, but it was time to sleep now. She slept in a crib in her own room, and I nursed her in a rocking chair. So nursing outside of bed seems to be a logical next step.<br><br>
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I know that you are looking for advice on night weaning, but I just wanted to share my experience with you.<br><br>
My dd who is now almost 3 started showing signs of tooth decay at around 9 months. I started being very vigilant about brushing her teeth. (like with every diaper change, and we used cloth, so that was like every 2 hours) She didn't even start solids until she was 1. We night weaned at around 20 months because I was pregnant again, and it was really bugging me at night. As soon as we night weaned her tooth decay increased rapidly, and we had to get her to a dentist. It went from small dents and white spots on her front teeth to about half of her tooth decayed and gone in about 3 months. Several months before her 2nd birthday she went under general anestesia and had the all fixed, and the dentist did a super job.<br><br>
Now, I KNOW that bfing did not cause her tooth problems. I had an extremely rough pregnancy with her and ended up having gallbladder surgery when I was 20 weeks pregnant with her...so I had about 2 months of being sick and hardly eating coupled with exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy. She was also a "mouth breather", and snored at night...she still does in fact. (Teeth are more prone to decay when they dry out because it changes the ph of the mouth.) I feel that the combo of all of those things cause her tooth decay...not nursing.<br><br>
I just wanted to share my experience, because night weaning certainly didn't save her from her dental troubles...in our experience it only made it worse.<br><br>
From what I've read, breastmilk does not cause cavities.<br><br>
I hope that you find something that will work for you, and I hope that your little one has and easy time getting his/her teeth taken care of.<br><br>
When I night weaned, I just explained that mommy needed to sleep, and that the "boo" was going night-night too. I would just snuggle her back to sleep and tell her we would have boo in the morning when the sun comes up. It was really very simple, and there were very few tears shed. I wish you the best of luck!!<br><br>
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here's an article from a lactation consultant/doctor<br>
oups! the link isn't working on my computer anymore...<br>
I don't want to brake any rules by copying it all here, but if you want, let me know, I saved it on my computer and can send it to you.<br>
I tells you how to gently night wean a toddler in the family bed. The article is called "changing the sleep pattern in the family bed", by Jay Gordon, so maybe you can find it somewhere online.
 

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I believe that is true for normal teeth. I have read a ton of info on how the breastmilk kills bactiria that can cause decay. That being said he already has decay on three teeth (not caused by nightfeeding) and I am of the thought that any food that sits on hes teeth all night feeds the decay even if it is the best food on earth.<br>
I took him to the dentist a month ago and the decay wasnt too bad, now it is getting worse and painful. He is sceduled for surgery under ga to remove the decay the end of June. I may post on the dental board also.<br>
Thank you for the link. I printed the article, it looks good. I am glad to hear that a gentle nightchange can happen. I am having a hard time just deciding to change. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty">
 
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