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Could repeatedly falling asleep at the breast have triggered "baby bottle syndrome"?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Yes. Nursing caries
can occur from repeated exposure of the lingual, or tongue, side of the.
the teeth to the sugar in breast milk, especially if the mother & baby have streptococcus mutans bacteria in their mouths. When mom & baby fall asleep, the nipple retracts, allowing breast milk to bathe the baby's emerging teeth repeatedly. At 6 months, night feeds become a habit. See healthy children.org for safe sleep.

In brief: Yes. Nursing caries
can occur from repeated exposure of the lingual, or tongue, side of the.
the teeth to the sugar in breast milk, especially if the mother & baby have streptococcus mutans bacteria in their mouths. When mom & baby fall asleep, the nipple retracts, allowing breast milk to bathe the baby's emerging teeth repeatedly. At 6 months, night feeds become a habit. See healthy children.org for safe sleep.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
To promote sleep consolidation, wipe out the baby's mouth after the last feed. At a consistent bedtime, read, soothe then put the baby baby in his crib in his own room when drowsy, but awake, & allow him to learn to self-calm to sleep. At 6 mos. or >, expect protests, which get longer & louder at first. If you consistently ignore them, they will stop. Graded ignoring tips are on the website.
In brief: Unlikely.
Unlike bottles, most mothers do disengage once the baby is asleep.
Of course, a degree of caries is possible even with breast feeding.

In brief: Unlikely.
Unlike bottles, most mothers do disengage once the baby is asleep.
Of course, a degree of caries is possible even with breast feeding.
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