Figuring out a timeframe for breastfeeding baby can be tricky. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you breastfeed baby for at least a year, there’s not tons of guidance beyond that. And while you might feel that all your mom friends weaned their kids after 12 months, others swear by comfort breastfeeding for as long as baby needs it. However, new research shows that there might be an ideal cutoff time for baby’s dental health: 24 months.
Children who breastfeed for over two years have more than twice the risk of having severe cavities, according to a study published on Friday in Pediatrics. Researchers studied the dental health of over 1,000 children in Brazil, looking at both sugar consumption and exposure to breastfeeding. They found that breastfeeding from 12 to 23 months didn’t lead to higher cavities, but the risk raised significantly past that.
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