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A note to confused parents everywhere: at nine months, it's time to start thinking about taking away that baby bottle.

With a lack of professional recommendations and no shortage of popular opinions, the bottle-feeding cut-off has yet to be established in the medical community, but a recent study from doctors at St. Michael's Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has found that nine months is prime time to give the bottle the boot.

The reason, researchers say, is that the older a baby gets, the harder it is to get them to give up the bottle. By two years old, bottle-feeding could have already introduced a variety of long-lasting health problems into the baby's life.

"We know that children who are using the bottle beyond two years of age are at a higher risk of iron deficiency, at risk of school problems and behavioural issues, and in rare cases, stroke. We know that children who are using the bottle in a prolonged-fashion are at a high risk of [being] overweight, and obesity. We know that they are at a higher risk of dental problems, like cavities," said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, the study's author and a pediatrician at St. Michael's.


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