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Breast Feeding

6teeth

11/01/2001

Question:

my daughter is 8 months and have six teeht aint it t ime tyo stop breast feeding

Answer:

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both you and your child. Just because she has teeth is no reason to stop breastfeeding. You should consider weaning your daughter when both you and your daughter are ready to stop.

Infants have a need for closeness and sucking during the first year of life and breastfeeding helps to meet these needs. Your daughter will begin to give clues that she is ready to stop nursing. You will notice that she will nurse often and for a shorter time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be given breastmilk during the first year of life, so if you are able to continue breastfeeding it would be of great benefit to your daughter.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati