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Old 01-29-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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No on demand nursing after teeth???

I get these weekly e-mails from our hospital and was a little surprised when I read this gem:

"Donít let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in his mouth, as tooth decay can begin even in early infancy. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists also recommends avoiding on-demand (non-scheduled) breastfeeding after the first tooth comes in to prevent decay. (Do continue nursing, however!) If you give your child juice, give it in a sippy cup, not in a bottle."

I have never heard this. Now, I know the problems falling asleep with a bottle can cause as we made that mistake with DS1 and he already has cavities at 3. But does breastfeeding do the same? And what does demand nursing have to do with it? Should they say stop night feeding instead if that's the goal (not to fall asleep while/after eating)? I'm just confused.
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