What are the dangers of prolonged bottle feeding?

1. Risk of caries  

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Many babies are used to drinking milk before going to bed, some even go to sleep with their pacifiers. If you don’t wash their mouths after drinking formula milk or other beverages, your baby will be at risk of dental caries, which will lead to a type of dental caries, known as “feeding bottle caries”.

2.     Risk of excessive weight gain

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If your baby develops a dependency on the bottle, it can be a bad habit. On the other hand, the bottle is convenient for parents and thus the baby can accidentally drink more than their required diet, therefore, leading to childhood obesity.

3.     Risk of poor the oral development

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Sucking is the earliest oral function in infants. If the baby drinks from feeding bottles all day, it will affect the baby’s voluntary feeding, the oral muscles cannot be exercised. This will slow down the learning progress of speaking in babies.

Drinking milk with a bottle will increase the baby’s need for non-nutritive sucking (non-beneficial sucking). Long-term non-nutritive sucking will affect the function and shape of the oral cavity.

Solutions for problems from prolonged feeding:

1.     Afraid of dental caries?  

If your child consumes formula milk or other beverages, be sure to rinse and brush your baby’s teeth before bedtime. Do not put any juice or other beverages into the feeding bottle to feed your baby on a regular basis.

2. Afraid of gaining excessive weight?  

Control your baby’s milk volume and don’t overfeed.

3. Afraid of affecting your baby’s oral development?  

Set the bottle time and limit the daily bottle time. Avoid non-nutritive suckings, such as pacifiers, fingers and other habits.

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