I’d say that most people know that putting kids to bed with a bottle of milk will cause tooth decay but what about older babies and toddlers who fall asleep at the breast?
My daughter is the most gluttonous of all my children at the breast. She refused solids at all until 10 months old. We co-slept (as I did with one other of my 4 kids) and she was literally attached to me all night, suckling off and on. At 22 months, she still falls asleep in our bed, “boob-n-snoozing” for a few hours until I move her to bed. We brush her teeth before bed and every morning, but, I wonder if I should more aggressively try to “break the seal” for the sake of her little pearly whites?
To be clear, I’m asking if there’s any research or evidence that breastmilk is as bad as any other milk at night for teeth, or if it’s the delivery method, the bottle that causes a problem? I’m not asking for advice about breaking her nighttime feeding habit per se, as we are both happy with our arrangement (for now) but if it’s bad for her teeth I’ll just interrupt the suckling and stick with snuggling. :)