In the first year of life, even after beginning to eat solid foods, a baby’s primary source of nutrition overwhelmingly comes from breast milk or formula. Every mom, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, wants to give her child those liquid nutrients that are so important for his growth and development for as long as he benefits from it. But we also hear murmurs about the supposed dangers of bottle feeding: specifically, whether the usage of bottles can detrimentally affect a child’s oral health. Are bottles bad for babies’ teeth, and should we be trying not to use them? Dentists say not necessarily.
Board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Erin Issac tells Romper that the risks associated from bottle feeding are based on two factors: the age of the child and whether they are falling asleep with the bottle. According to Issac, a toddler should be completely weaned off a bottle by at least halfway through their second year of life, and putting a baby of any age to bed with a bottle is a huge parenting no-no.
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