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Whats the difference

When it comes to teeth rotting....What is the difference between laying your baby down with a bottle and when co-sleeping letting the baby nurse at all times of the night? If you take the bottle from them as soon as they are finished does it still hurt their teeth?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Oct. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The idea of laying them down with a bottle suggests that they keep the nipple of the bottle in their mouth like a paci all night...If you take the bottle out when they are done, it's the same as co-sleeping and nursing.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 1:28 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • I second Jademom07 and add that cow's milk, not sure about soymilk, has a natural sugar that's bad to leave on teeth for long periods. Bottles let up milk easier, faster than mom's nipple. To suck milk from mom baby has to work hard. my babies used to sweat sometimes when they'd nurse from hard work.

    Answer by lfl at 1:36 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • OP Here- So if I lay my son down with a bottle but take it when he finishes there is no need to woryy about damaging his teeth? I know this creates a bad habit (in other ways) but he has always nursed to sleep and it is the easiest way to get him to sleep.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • The reason laying a child down with a bottle is bad is because the milk "pools" in his mouth and sits unswallowed on his teeth all night. If he falls asleep with the bottle, then there is probably still milked pooled in his mouth and would be unhealthy. If he is still awake when he finishes his bottle then he probably has swallowed all the milk and it would be okay for his teeth, other than being a bad habit to break later on.

    Answer by missanc at 1:51 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • Here's a big difference...

    Formula contains sugars. Often corn syrup. Breastmilk doesn't contain sugars and in fact contains antibacterial agents that can stop cavities in their tracks.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:17 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • OP Here-
    So qdiamante, if the bottle I am giving him is filled with breastmilk then there is no risk of damaging his teeth?

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • A few differences. A human nipple, when child is latched properly, goes back far in the mouth. The milk isn't up by the teeth. Also, human milk is not the same as formula or cows milk, it doesn't pose the same risk of decay. has some information on the subject for those interested. With formula, cows milk, or basically anything other then human milk, you need to clean the teeth before going to sleep. Human milk does not need to be cleaned off of the teeth before sleeping.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:45 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

  • To answer the 2:44 ?, no.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:47 PM on Oct. 12, 2009

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