I read this bizarre clipping in the Daily News last week about this mom who had a baby born with two teeth! What the?!
According to the article, mom Vicki Griffiths planned to nurse her newborn but changed her mind when she saw the two fully grown baby teeth in her new daughter’s mouth. Yowza!
According to Medline Plus, natal teeth are present in one in every 2,000 or 3,000 births.
I wholeheartedly believe it is no one’s business whether a mom chooses to breastfeed. Griffiths can do whatever she wants with her boobs and her baby — that’s her choice. But this clip caught my attention because I had to ask myself: what would I do in her position? On the one hand, I have nursed two babies through their first sets of teeth, and well past their first birthdays. I have been bitten and I have had fang, er, teeth marks left on my breasts after feedings. But I kept going because my older baby and then toddler had already established a solid breastfeeding relationship.
On the other hand, I had a very difficult time at the start of nursing all three of my kids. I had a lot of pain, engorgement, cracked nipples, bleeding, the works! In each of those cases I felt like I was failing but I managed to nurse through the pain and after 2 weeks reached a place where it was finally comfortable to breastfeed. If you also threw in a couple of baby teeth pressing against my already tender boobs (and add some postpartum hormones and exhaustion) I can easily imagine reaching my breaking point and calling it quits.
What about you? Would you have tried to breastfeed if your newborn had teeth?!
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