Fluoride reduces dental risk from minimal and extended breastfeeding
Recent Australian study found “Minimal breastfeeding can increase risk for having dental decay in children, as can sustained breastfeeding beyond 24 months.
However, potential risk can be reduced by drinking fluoridated water in formula or ensuring that breastfed children are given fluoridated water to drink after the age of 6 months."
Unfortunately, currently in Calgary, giving fluoridated drinking water to our children is not an option so I would recommend breastfeeding for more than a month but less than 2 years to minimize the risk for cavities.
(And yes, I did read this article while breastfeeding.)
Dr. Lauren Vredenburg
Calgary Fine Dentistry