Visited new dr. He said, "stop nursing."
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|Fri, 04-09-2010 - 10:20pm|
I hadn't planned to nurse as long as I have. DD is going on 19 months. I still love it most of the time (she's never STTN, co-sleeps from about 2:00 a.m. on most nights and nurses all night), but I'm exhausted. We saw a new dr. yesterday since we had relocated and DD was due for her 18 mo physical, etc. I told him about our sleep problems. He of course suggested the CIO method (we tried that way back when, reluctantly, and it didn't work for her anyway. I wasn't about to try anything else related to CIO either). DH cannot handle her crying, so having him night wean isn't really an option. I can get her to go to sleep at the beginning of the night before her long stretch (usually 3 hours), but she won't stay asleep and wakes to nurse all night. When I can't nurse her and put her back in her crib, that's when I sleep with her in the twin bed in her room. Totally not a system that's working for any of us.
All that leads into my new dr. saying, "well, you really need to stop breastfeeding at this point. 12-15 months is usually a good time to stop because when you go too much beyond a year or two you really risk dental decay. I've seen so many people in here with rotten teeth because of extended nursing." He also followed that up with the fact that DD would sleep better if she wasn't nursing. My stomach about hit the floor and every time I'm nursing DD, I can't help but think about this teeth issue! I don't have the best teeth (stained from some fluoride issue) and had to suffer with it my whole life. I would HATE for DD to have the same problem. I know about bottles causing the decay because of the liquid from the bottle sitting on the teeth, but always thought BF was exempt from that. Apparently not, according to him.
I guess this is kind of loaded post- reaching out for advice about the sleep issue and reaching out for responses to this doctor!