Could breastfeeding my son be causing his teeth to decay?

Q.
Hello
I am a mum of 2 boys both have been breastfed on demand day and night. This for a long period involved frequent night feeds (every 90 – 120 mins). My first son was breastfeed for 2 years and thankfully has had no problems with his teeth. My 2nd son is nearly 3 and continues to breastfeed but unfortunately has terrible decay evident on most of his top teeth. Since Nov I have stopped night feeding him as advised by a dentist. I am unsure why his teeth are so bad. He has never has a bottle, drinks water, doesn’t eat sweets. He does have chocolate but in small amounts. He did use to eat muller fruit corner yorgurts regularly which I have recently stopped due to their high sugar content. I can’t believe that breastfeeding would cause this. I have wondered about my diet as my first son was lactose intolerate so I didn’t eat any dairy for 2 years but nowdays make up for the chocolate I missed. Thus maybe my milk is sweeter. Also I was 30 wks pregnant with my 2nd son when my first son stopped breastfeeding. Would a reduced dairy intake effect teeth?
I took my 2nd son to a dentist when he was 14months as I could see the enamel coming of his front tooth.
I am desperate to improve his situation. Any ideas why this could have occurred?
I have been advised to have his upper d’s removed next week under a GA due to decay and his age preventing effective treatment – I just can’t believe that this is happening to my little boy and feel truely dreadful!
Any ideas/ tips would be very much appreciated.

Many Thanks
Julie

A.
I really don’t know what would have caused this especially if you say he doesn’t consume any sugar. I would fill in a diet sheet of everything he eats and drinks during a normal week and then see if there maybe more sugar than you realise, and probably stop the breastfeeding?
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April 27th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
(;Victoria Meadors;) Says :

Can i breastfeed my one month old after a tooth extraction

April 28th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Kevin Says :

Is it possible to do breastfeeding with my 15 month old baby after tooth extraction?

April 28th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Bonnie Says :

Yes – no problems if they are removed under local anaesthetic – ie normal injection

May 1st, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Zeno Says :

Is it ok to breastfeed my toddler if he just had a tooth extracted? Could he get dry socket?

May 6th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Lulu Says :

How long do I have to wait to breastfeed my 2 month old baby after a tooth extraction?,

May 6th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Andrea Says :

You can start immediately

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