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Thread: Nursing to sleep now that she has teeth?

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    Default Nursing to sleep now that she has teeth?

    So I've read and heard that once your child has teeth you should brush them and not give them a bottle or nurse them before bed becuase it can cause tooth decay. My LO just got her first teeth at 9 mos old and I doubt she's going to adapt well if I stop nursing her to bed. Any advice on this? Do I REALLY need to brush her teeth before bed and then not give her anything more to eat or drink? And what about nursing in the middle of the night? She still wakes up most nights at least once. Thanks.

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    Thanks to the pp for that link! I was wondering the same thing, especially since my son is an avid-night owl and nurses two or three times a night.

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    Wow - that was really interesting. Thanks for posting it.

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    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBSepOct02p164.html
    this is a good link also.. part of the pages on the 1st link.

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    Default Re: Nursing to sleep now that she has teeth?

    Our dentist gave us a little thing you wear on your finger and rub on your LO's gums and teeth. When we change for bed, that's part of our ritual now. But we still nurse to sleep. At this age, you're mostly starting to develop a good habit more than actually preventing tooth decay. As you'll see in the great links provided above, bf'd babies are at a very low risk for dental problems.

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