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Why do the doctors say to get your one year old off the bottle but you can still breast feed? What is the difference? Bottle or Nipple?

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Simple925

Asked by Simple925 at 5:30 PM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Some doctors tell you that you have to wean at a year, too...but yes, the nipple is the difference.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 5:31 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Breast milk changes as the baby grows. I know there are different formulas, but they don't have the same variety for older children that breast milk provides naturally.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:31 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I know but the say to switch them to a sippy cup for their teeth and for speech. Isn't the nipple going to do the same as the bottle?
    Simple925

    Answer by Simple925 at 5:34 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • It's not the actual nipple that is bad for their teeth but the stuff that collects in the nipple of the bottle. Like if you put juice in the bottle, the sugar collects in the nipple and if the baby goes to sleep with the bottle, the sugar will rot their teeth.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:42 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • This is what I learned from the dentist and research dentist Brian Palmer. When breastfed, a baby will suck only what they'll swallow while a bottlefed baby will suck and let it sit in their mouth. This is why they say don't give a baby a bottle to bed cuz the milk will just sit there and some babies get teeth decay.
    Vero0724

    Answer by Vero0724 at 6:10 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • lol, when did anyone ask about putting a baby to bed with a bottle?
    SandraB383

    Answer by SandraB383 at 6:13 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • sandra: when did anyone ask you to answer a question with a question?

    OP: from what my doctor has said, the human nipple (as stated above) changes with your child's mouth development, whereas a silicon or rubber nipple has no give to change. The silicon or rubber nipple, because it holds it's shape and can't "morph" to the shape of baby's mouth can hurt jaw and teeth development or placement. A human nipple (even if you squeeze or play with it in your fingers) can bend, flatten, stretch, and so many "acrobatic" things.
    alinker

    Answer by alinker at 6:19 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I think it has more to to with the mouth, teeth and speech than health reasons
    whitrashwedding

    Answer by whitrashwedding at 7:47 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • most people who bottle feed leave it in the crib, you wouldn't leave your nipple in there though.
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 9:21 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Ditto alinker. An artificial nipple stays the same and forces the mouth to conform to it; a breast nipple is more moldable and conforms to baby's mouth.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 9:32 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

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