Breastfeeding Your Baby to Sleep Does NOT Cause Cavities

Breastfeeding Your Baby to Sleep Does NOT Cause Cavities

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For years, my usual dentist insisted that breastfeeding to sleep was harmful and could lead to cavities... This caused me so much unnecessary stress and guilt, totally making me doubt my body's ability to produce perfect milk while having such an apparent flaw in design.

So, I delved into research and sought advice from reliable sources. Turns out, my regular dentists were mistaken. Breastfeeding to sleep does NOT cause cavities.

So, research actually suggests that breastfeeding up to 12 months actually fights against tooth decay. And for those wondering about breastfeeding longer? No solid evidence says it causes cavities.

Yep, a 2020 study confirmed that breastfeeding past 12 months isn't the problem; it's more about the sugar and other factors like socioeconomic status.

So please don’t stress about nighttime feeds leading to cavities. It’s how nature designed us – your breastmilk is clever, fighting off bad bacteria and protecting those tiny teeth.

PLUS, breastfeeding works differently than bottle-feeding. Milk goes straight down, not lingering around teeth, making it safer for those late-night snuggles.

AND Archaeological digs reveal that before sugary diets became common, tooth decay was pretty much a non-issue. This suggests kids back then, likely breastfed for longer periods and even through the night, didn’t struggle with cavities. 

POWERFUL hint that breastfeeding isn’t the problem in cause tooth decay! 

Ok, so what really causes cavities to our little boob barnacles? 

Sugar, sugar, sugar! It's crucial to keep an eye on sugary foods and drinks.

Unwanted Sharing! Bacteria causing tooth decay, like Streptococcus mutans, can easily be passed to babies through shared utensils, kisses on the mouth, or the old pacifier clean trick with your mouth (hint

Health and Habits! Stress, illness during pregnancy, smoking, and even family eating patterns can influence tooth decay risk. And regardless of feeding method, once those baby teeth peek through, proper cleaning (twice daily!) and regular dental visits are key.

Genetics & Health Conditions! Some things we can’t control, like enamel defects or health issues like low birth- weight. 

I know it's a lot to take in, but I'll drop the references below for you all. 🥰

Hoping this info helps and boosts your confidence in your breastfeeding choices. 

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