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So... the dentist said "You'll have to stop that" WRT breastfeeding my 9 m o... and by the time he is 2/3 he will need work under general anaethetic for all his rotten teeth.

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LadyOfWaffle Wed 17-Jun-09 13:40:32

This was in an appointment for me this morning.

Her - How old is your baby? (for my notes)
Me - 9m
Her - SO you've stopped breastfeeding (statement, not a question)
Me - No, I am breastfeeding him
Her - You'll have to stop that
Me - Why?
Her - It will rot his teeth
Me - No more than formula...?
Her - It's bad for their teeth, especially night feeding
Me - I still feed at night, and co-sleep
Her - He doesn't need it at night
Me - (nodding) I understand what you're saying, it's a risk I am willing to take...(!!)
Her - You need to stop at a year
Me - I was planning for about 2 years... I guess it's teeth vs. health....
Her - But it's health when he is 2/3 and needs a general anaesthetic for all his rotten teeth
Me - (gives up) Yes, I guess so....

Someone please tell me she is wrong (about stopping - even apples will rot your teeth!) and that breastfeeding is no worse than formula - or cows milk. She really wouldn't let it go!

Mumsnut Wed 17-Jun-09 13:42:24

Surely the nipple goes much further back into the mouth than a bottle teat so there is no pooling of milk around the teeth?? However, I'm no expert so ...


chevre Wed 17-Jun-09 13:43:11

good grief she is a dickhead. my lovely dentist was v. approving of bfing and told me not to worry about night feeding.

dd is 5 and has lovely teeth

EachPeachPearMum Wed 17-Jun-09 13:45:34

Do you brush his teeth after evening feed? (not the middle of night feed, I appreciate that)
btw- apples are very acidic and not good for teeth!

EachPeachPearMum Wed 17-Jun-09 13:46:28

oh and dd fed to 17mo- ebf, and lots of night feeds hmm until 14mo or so- she is 3 with no teeth problems.

Iklboo Wed 17-Jun-09 13:47:40

He doesn't need it at night???

Who the fark does she think she is?

smallorange Wed 17-Jun-09 13:48:40


I can see problems with tooth decay if a child is toddling about sucking from a bottle of milk all day. But how long does it take your DS to BF? Not long I'd guess. So really milk doesn't come into contact with his teeth for very long.

Both mine were BF for 12 months respectively and neither (2.5 and 5) has ANY tooth decay.

PuppyMonkey Wed 17-Jun-09 13:48:45

I think teeth are very overrated anyway.grin

Hate it when people come along and say not to eat fruit because they might rot your teeth. hmm Now breastmilk is really bad for you too. hmm

Well, as long as yer teeth are all right, that's all that matters isn't it?

teabagtea Wed 17-Jun-09 13:49:19

I am a dentist. there has recently been a review of evidence that shows that there is no evidence of increased risk of decay with prolonged breastfeeding. I will have a search and find the evidence for you as this sort of lack of knowledge of current evidence really annoys Me!!!!

FaintlyMacabre Wed 17-Jun-09 13:50:29

This should help- maybe forward it to your dentist wink

belgo Wed 17-Jun-09 13:52:31

My dentist blamed me bfing dd1 until 12 months for decay on dd1's teeth, despite the fact that I'd stopped bfing before dd1 even got the teeth that were showing some decay.

Rhubarb Wed 17-Jun-09 13:52:32

What she is saying, is that once your baby gets teeth (I presume he has or he wouldn't be at the dentist), you are supposed to brush your teeth half an hour after eating anything. Esp at night because that's when the bacteria latches on to any food particles on the teeth.

However, it's only milk. If it were fruit juice she'd have a point because of the acid erosion. But milk goes straight down the throat, prob doesn't even touch his teeth.

She's being an arse and probably had a bad day. I would complain tbh.

mawbroon Wed 17-Jun-09 14:07:17

My ds is 3.8yo, has barely gone a night without a night feed and has the loveliest, shiniest, whitest teeth ever.

I would complain tbh or she will spout this nonsense to someone who doesn't have MN to reassure them, and could put them off. sad Especially as she was so insistent.

fizzpops Wed 17-Jun-09 14:12:57

My DD certainly needed feeding at night at 9mo - sometimes twice if she was really hungry. It wasn't a habit as she is now 14mo and has dropped night feeds with no encouragement from me.

Too early to tell how her teeth will be but you need to take the lead from your child in terms of appetite.

tiktok Wed 17-Jun-09 14:14:35

Waffle - she needs a polite letter with the relevant refs in, I think

What a cheek making comments on your parenting choices like that.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 17-Jun-09 14:19:08


I'd be livid and would have told her to MHOB.....politely of course wink

gloomysue Wed 17-Jun-09 14:58:32

My dd had to have some of her teeth taken out when she was just 2, I was told that her teeth had started to decay because of breastfeeding at night. Feel terrible about it as I always thought i was doing the best for her and the dentists all made me feel guilty.

zeke Wed 17-Jun-09 15:17:08


I was going to suggest reading exactly the same article faintymacabre! How ridiculous to offer advice that directly contricts the WHO etc!

zeke Wed 17-Jun-09 15:18:44

Opps I meant contradicts advice from the world health organisation and many, many other major medical bodies.

Evidence from a sample of one is rubbish I know but, my son was breastfed at night way after that and his teeth are perfect still age five!

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 17-Jun-09 15:25:45

Message withdrawn

duchesse Wed 17-Jun-09 15:30:02

She's a lunatic.

LadyOfWaffle Wed 17-Jun-09 18:19:18

Thanks for the link and info

Rhubs, it was me who was seeing the dentist for a broken tooth, babies just go on your notes I think

I am dreading taking my DS1 (3.2) there now incase he has tooth decay! shock

oodlesofpoodles Wed 17-Jun-09 18:24:06

I was bf until 15 months and got my first (and only) filling when I was 30. My teeth are v crooked but thats due to thumb sucking rather than feeding.

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