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    Default I've been in tears all day because of this...

    Today, Aidan had his first appointment with the dentist. I was excited because dental hygiene is important and I wanted to make sure we got a good start. Now, I'm regretting it more than anything.

    The dentist told me that I need to wean him down to three nursings per day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also said that I need to stop any and all night nursing sessions. Then, he said that between meals all he should drink is water and Crystal Light.

    First, I'm loathe to cut out any feedings until HE decides to cut them out. Also, I know that night feedings are very important to DS and I don't want to make him give them up. And finally, Crystal Light has artificial sweeteners in it. Those are not good for children.

    So, why is this PEDIATRIC dentist insisting that I wean before my son is ready and that I give him things that are bad for him?

    I don't want to wean him, but I also don't want him to have teeth that are in poor condition. I don't know what to do.

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    Default Re: I've been in tears all day because of this...

    I know what I'd suggest you do if I knew you in "real" life.

    I'd suggest to you, first and foremost to get a new dentist. Then I'd show you the Dental Health stickies (here) from the top of the "Weaning" forum, then I'd tell you to nurse as you felt your child needed.

    Did he say he say a "problem" with his teeth??

    Wow! Crystal light



    Oh - and I'd print some of the above linked articles and give them to said dentist IF I ever returned
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    Default Re: I've been in tears all day because of this...

    Please don't let that ass of a dentist opinions get to you! I mean, he wants your LO to drink Crystal Lite? That stuff is loaded with chemicals!

    Here's my experience. I HAD to take my LO to a pediatric dentist when he was 1 because I noticed that his two front teeth were yellow no matter how much I brushed, so I knew there was a problem. Turns out those teeth developed without the protective enamel and his second layer is exposed. My dentist never mentioned anything about nursing until I brought it up. Then he told me to wean immediately because he felt it would only lead to decay. I was so UPSET that I left there crying! I did my own research and came here for support and I decided not to wean. We went back for his 3 month follow up last week and the dentist said he teeth look great and to keep up the good work (brushing after everything he eats and putting a tiny amount of fluoride treatment directly on the exposed areas) never once asking me if we weaned.

    So don't let him force you into weaning, especially if you are not ready and there is nothing wrong with your LO's teeth!

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    I would like to know what credentials this dentist has to suggest such nonsense.
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    Default Re: I've been in tears all day because of this...

    the snarky side of me really wants to post about all of the health benefits in crystal light

    but i'll stick to the issue: get a new dentist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak411 View Post
    I would like to know what credentials this dentist has to suggest such nonsense.
    Similar to the ones some pedis get...
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    If your not already off reading this post then you must visit.
    It's the one #3 mentioned about Dentists/Weaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Number3 View Post
    Similar to the ones some pedis get...
    Sadly, I believe it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PunkieGirl View Post
    The dentist told me that I need to wean him down to three nursings per day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Quote Originally Posted by PunkieGirl View Post
    He also said that I need to stop any and all night nursing sessions. Then, he said that between meals all he should drink is water and Crystal Light.




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    Default Re: I've been in tears all day because of this...

    Crystal Light?!?!?!?!?!!

    Oh, dear.
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