Breastfeeding and Teething, Are they Compatible?

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Nursing an infant has many benefits to their health, such as reducing their risk of infections including ear infections, and asthma, SIDS, and even childhood obesity. But that isn’t all. Benefits also extend to their oral health as well, as their developing smile can attest. Let’s take a look!

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Your baby’s teeth also benefit from exclusively breastfeeding. Here’s why; babies who go to bed with baby bottles filled with juice, milk, and formula are constantly bathing their teeth in sugar which increases their susceptibility to tooth decay.

Lessening Bite Issues

The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that babies who are exclusively breastfed during their first six months offer fewer problems with tooth alignment. They had less struggle with their bite–open bites, crossbites, and overbites–than their counterparts who have never breastfed or who were breastfed for fewer than six months.

Teething and Breastfeeding Compatibility

Women have successfully breastfed their children since time began during the teething stage. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends breastfeeding through your child’s first year, while the World Health Organization suggests two years minimum. This means you can make the best choice that works for you and your baby, and teething doesn’t have to play a determining part in the decision.

In answer to the question is teething compatible with breastfeeding is a definite yes. Our dentist, Dr. Amber N. Wright support your you and your baby and are happy to address any questions about your child’s oral development. Smile Wright Dental in Springfield, Ohio, can be reached by calling 937-322-5437.