Share this Story

Whoopi Goldberg just can't believe moms breastfeed babies with teeth

Jeanne Sager is parenting and living editor for SheKnows. A photographer, social media junkie, and crazed mom to an even crazier kid, she's strung words together for,, Parents, Kiwi Magazine, and others.

Whoopi Goldberg just managed to upset breastfeeding moms everywhere

In proof that people who don't know much about babies should not be commenting on how one parents them, Whoopi Goldberg's comments on The View this week have made her public enemy number one among the breastfeeding mom set.

More: Shockingly candid illustration of what breastfeeding in public is really about

The talk show hosts were discussing moms who cross-nurse or nurse one another's babies, when Goldberg came out with this humdinger, "If they're old enough to have teeth, they should not be breastfeeding." Take a listen: 

I'm sure a lot of you have caught the segment on Breastfeeding on The View !!!Whoopi Goldberg states, "If they're old...

Posted by Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Monday, November 30, 2015

OK, we could get up in arms (and rightfully so), but what's really going to make a difference here is education. So let's just shoot this popular myth right in the foot, shall we?

More: SIDS risk is about a lot more than where your baby sleeps

A baby's first tooth typically erupts sometime between 4 and 6 months of age. Now, considering the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends moms breastfeed up until at least 1 year and that the World Health Organization extends its nursing recommendations to at least 2 years old, there's really only one word we can use for people who trot out the old "kids with teeth shouldn't breastfeed" trope: wrong.

In fact, we could go even further to shut down Goldberg and her misguided ilk by pointing out that some babies are actually born with teeth, albeit only about 1 out of every 2,000. Not only is it entirely possible to breastfeed them, but the doctors all say you should (see above).

More: Couple's insanely creative gender reveal knocks it out of the park

So let's say The View hosts leave the baby-rearing advice to someone who knows a little bit about the development of children... like doctors.

How long did you breastfeed?

New in Parenting

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!

b h e a r d !

Welcome to the new SheKnows Community,

where you can share your stories, ideas

and CONNECT with millions of women.

Get Started