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Does Breastfeeding Cause Cavities?

You’ve probably heard it. Breastmilk is sugary and causes cavities, especially at night! So is this really true? Is it really true that your body grew a baby, birthed a baby and then created milk specifically for your baby, but that milk actually rots their teeth?

I will never forget watching Dr. Jay Gordon speak at a conference in San Francisco where someone in the audience asked about this. He said, “We would be a dead branch on the evolutionary tree if human milk rotted human teeth.” And it hit me. Of course! This is ludicrous to think that our milk is damaging our children.

To top it off some researchers recently soaked some baby teeth in breastmilk, formula and formula with probiotics for a week. Genius, right? Guess what? The tooth soaked in breastmilk actually increase its calcium levels. So next time someone suggests that breastfeeding your child is damaging their teeth ask them how that even makes sense from an evolutionary perspective.

Listen to the full conversation here at The Badass Breastfeeding Podcast!