I've read all the threads I can find about this but I'm still not at peace. I didn't learn about AP until well into my daughter's first year. We were unsuccessful at breastfeeding for multiple reasons (which could have been overcome with the right support and help...) and I pumped for 8.5 months. My precious girl is a high-need, smart, funny, amazing child who walked at 9 months and is into everything. :-)
She's a solid sleeper but still wants to eat 1x-2x per night. I have tried watering down (we got to 1/2 strength -- gradually -- and she started refusing the bottle), I have tried straight water in the bottle (which works but then she's up 30-60 mins later). I am currently down to 3 oz. bottles and trying to very slowly reduce the amount. But she's resistant when I go below that, starts waking more frequently, and crying.
I don't let her sleep with the bottle, and I do brush her teeth first thing in and am and again at night. If it were up to my instincts I'd let her have bottles until she naturally weans - she sleeps so well and so easily when I let her eat. But everywhere I'm reading about her dental health and I'm torn up about it. It's all I think about now and I just want to honor her need for comfort and sucking and eating, but also provide for her health.
If you have any suggestions, I would be forever grateful!