Ouch! I have never heard of this, have you? Molly Sims told Anderson Cooper that she couldn’t breastfeed her son Brooks because he was born with a tooth!
And she found out the hard way: when Molly tried to breastfeed right after giving birth, lo those seven months ago, it really, REALLY hurt.
Early on in the hospital, I’m sure every mother can attest to, they really want you to breastfeed. So I’m trying everything and I’m like, '‘Gosh, this really, really hurts.' ... And so I was feeling around in there (in his mouth) and I’m like, 'Is there anyway a baby can be born with a tooth in there?'
At first the nurses didn’t believe her; Molly says they were all, "Oh sweetie, I know you're a model, but sweetie, babies aren't born with teeth." (Haha that reminds me of the time Heidi Klum had to have Britney Spears explain what the sticky things on diapers were for. Oh, models, so funny, right nurses?)
But IN YOUR FACE, NURSES! Turns out Baby Brooks really did come into the world fully equipped with one razor sharp little tooth.
Fearless model mama that she is, Molly still tried to breastfeed. “He was literally like a vampire on me for three months,” she told Anderson (and I am just really trying to imagine the expression Anderson had on his face whilst hearing this gruesome tale). Molly says it was “horrible” -- she tried everything from nipple shields and nipple guards to a supplemental nursing system. She was “so distraught” that she says she even called in an oral surgeon to check out the tooth, but of course he couldn’t remove it because OMG and also the poor kid wouldn’t have a tooth there for another six years. So, finally, she had to give up breastfeeding.
Woah. That sounds terrible! I breastfed my daughter and I can vividly remember how painful it was at first, and I didn’t even really suffer too much, compared to some other moms I know. But baby gums are ouchie enough! Especially right at the beginning. I’m super into breastfeeding and totally advocate it, but I don’t think even I would have been able to handle being BITTEN like that. It was bad enough when my baby’s teeth did start to come in -- at least by then my poor boobs were a little, er, shall we say, less sensitive.
Also, I must add, I think it’s totally funny that Molly calls her baby a vampire. You have to have a sense of humor about these things, right?!
Have you ever heard of a baby being born with a tooth? Did it happen to you, and did you breastfeed anyway?!
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