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Why is it ok to BF till age 3 but the bottle MUST be gone by 16 months?

I just want to know how it is different. If you Bf untill your kid is 2 then good for you, but then if you let your kid have a bottle past their first birthday you are a lazy mom for not making the effort to take it away.


Just want to know, don't start a cat fight.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:29 PM on Jul. 29, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • I think most people are thinking about the kids teeth. With a bottle it's more likely they will have problems with their teeth (note i said MORE likely, not THEY WILL) There is not that risk with the breast.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:31 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • The bottle causes problems with diet and teeth and has no nutritional value. Breastfeeding does not cause the problems with diet or teeth and it is very good for the child.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:43 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Actually, I thought the bottle was supposed to be gone by a year. And it's for the teeth.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:06 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Because paying 5,000+ for braces is a lot harder than just taking the bottle away. Breast feeding is not bad for your teeth like the bottle is.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:26 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Good question. I'm not sure what the answer is. I don't think a parent who allows their child to continue with the bottle past 18 months (which is the recommendation by the APA) makes them lazy. Some parents choose to allow their child to wean. Just like some parents allow their breastfed child to wean.

    In the end, it's really up to you, and it's no one else's business. Don't waste your time parenting according to what others think or say. Respond to the needs of your child.
    Fallaya

    Answer by Fallaya at 7:49 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Because MOST mothers let there children sleep/eat/walk/sit/stand/play with a bottle in there mouth, where is a breast is ONLY there when they are actually being fed.
    thats why a paci is bad too, it is sitting in there mouth ALL the time causing there teeth to come in crooked, and rotted because of the milk pooling in there mouth.
    JnCV

    Answer by JnCV at 7:50 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • The bottle causes malformation of the soft palate and teeth, as well as dripping easily, so it can cause the teeth to rot.

    Breastfeeding actually strengthens the mouth and jaw, the nipple molds to the palate, and does not damage the teeth.
    asaffell

    Answer by asaffell at 10:40 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • JnCV hit the nail on the head. Not only is it bad orthodontically, but I have seen a few friends who have albums on Facebook just FULL of pictures of their kids with a bottle in their mouth non-stop. So not only does it harm them, but it is excessive and MANY are overweight too.
    Nodak_Norsk

    Answer by Nodak_Norsk at 10:59 PM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Because MOST mothers let there children sleep/eat/walk/sit/stand/play with a bottle in there mouth, where is a breast is ONLY there when they are actually being fed.
    thats why a paci is bad too, it is sitting in there mouth ALL the time causing there teeth to come in crooked, and rotted because of the milk pooling in there mouth.

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    I don't know about "most" mothers, but a lot of mothers for sure. That is why the AAP is so adamant in their recommendation to encourage an end to the bottle by 18 months at the latest.
    It also depends on the following:

    1. What type of liquid is in the bottle
    2. If the child is allowed to go to bed with the bottle, or is allowed to walk around with the bottle unrestrained.

    I wish the AAP would clarify their statements. They make it seem like ALL kids who have bottles past 18 months will have dental problems, and that's simply not true. But...to each her own.
    Fallaya

    Answer by Fallaya at 9:28 PM on Jul. 30, 2009

  • But back to your original question, there are no "right" and "wrong"'s when it comes to what is right for your child. If you practice extended bottlefeeding, do it responsibly. There is a growing online community of moms who are allowing their children to self-wean. Mothering.com has a lot of good posts on the topic. Don't feel pressured by society as to what your child "should" or "should NOT" be doing.
    Fallaya

    Answer by Fallaya at 9:34 PM on Jul. 30, 2009

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