teething-breastfed vs. formula fed

Angela - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




does anyone know if there is maybe a link between breastfeeding and when babies get their teeth? my sons were formula fed, due to the lack of support i had then. the nurses found it easier to help me bottle feed rather than breastfeed. they started getting their teeth at 8 and 8.5 months. i am currently breastfeeding my daughter, now 10 months, and she has no sign of getting any teeth. i've heard that all of your kids should get their teeth at about the same time and if you were later getting teeth, they will be. but all of my friends who have never breastfed their babies, who are about my daughter's age or younger, already have a mouth full of teeth. my friends who breastfed, their babies got teeth later. does anyone have any ideas about this, am i crazy?


Melissa - posted on 04/09/2009




breastfeeding and formula play no role as to when your child gets teeth. All babies are different. Hereditary plays more of a role so find out when you and your husband first got your teeth. My daughter is exclusivly bf. She got her 1st 2 teeth at 4 months. The same age I was when I got my 1st tooth. She is now 1 year and has 12 teeth. My friends daughter who is also exclusivly bf has only 2 teeth and is 15 months.

Emily - posted on 04/10/2009




I think it just depends on the baby. I have twin girls...they are 10 months. One of them has begun getting teeth...working on her third tooth. The other...nothing! They are both breastfed and obviously the same sex. Just like hair they get it when the get it and they grow at whatever rate they grow. I think it just is what it is.

Whitney - posted on 04/11/2009




I don't know but my daughter is 8 months and just got her first 2 teeth and it seems like my friends babies all had teeth before her!

Karna - posted on 04/10/2009




I don't think you are crazy! My husband just recently found information that the later in life they start teething the healtier their teeth will be. If this research is accurate then it would stand to reason that breastfeeding, like so many other aspects of a baby's health, would most likely also contribute to the health of their teeth and therefore delay the development of the teeth.

Sounds to me like your daughter will have stronger, healthier teeth!


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Erica - posted on 04/09/2009




I think it's all genetics and has nothing to do with breastfeeding or formula feeding. My little girl who is almost 7 months has 4 teeth and I believe is beginning to work on her 5th tooth.

Allison - posted on 04/09/2009




As far as I know, getting teeth is mostly genetic and is just different for each child. Some babies are born with teeth and some don't get any teeth until after their 1st birthday. There isn't anything we can do to help teeth come in quicker or stop them from coming in. All the teeth are formed before baby is born and they come in when they come in. I've never heard of a connection between breastfeeding and teeth.

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2009




I think it's purely a genetics thing. I teethed at a normal time, one brother very early, one brother very late. My first teethed fairly early, but is now almost 3 and still only has 2/4 of her 2-year-old molars! My youngest is 6 months already, and nary a tooth in sight. Every one of them was breastfeed!

The only difference I'm aware of that breastfeeding makes is that it supports proper jaw and mouth development, and their teeth are more likely to be straighter as a result, although hardly guaranteed.

Christine - posted on 04/09/2009




Interesting...I don't know.  My breastfed son will be a year this month and has 8 teeth and is trying to cut two more right now.  He started teething at 2 months!!!  It was crazy! 

Angela - posted on 04/09/2009




i didn't think about the gender thing, that's good, i did get my teeth late. i don't have any full brothers, and i haven't met my half brothers, so i don't know about them. i have no sisters at all. my kids' dad doesn't know when he got teeth. i guess i just don't have alot of friends who breastfed, the few that did do have girls, all but one. her son was only breastfed for 4 months, then formula fed and he has a mouthful of teeth at 14 months.

Meaghan - posted on 04/09/2009




hmm I don't know, My son is breastfed and has 8 teeth, and is working on 2 more...maybe its because shes a girl? maybe the girls in your family get their teeth later then the boys?

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