One dad desperate to get his new baby to stop crying has admitted he dry nurses, and it has not gone over well.
In a four-year-old post on Reddit that's somehow gone viral, father u/MaleCleavage admits that sometimes when he needs his baby to stop crying, he will let the baby mimick breastfeeding on him.
"Sometimes when my baby is crying in the night and it's my turn to quiet and soothe her, in desperation I'll try to get her to suckle at my nipples," writes the dad (in a post we slightly edited. "Usually she doesn't want them (too hairy?), but sometimes she latches on."
Bad genes, bad environment, the kid is doomed.— Joe Lukas (@JosephLukas1776) April 23, 2019
We can't guarantee this story is entirely serious, but it's still pretty interesting. Regardless he finished off by asking if other dads do this or if anyone has tips to get the baby to latch if he or she doesn't want a pacifier — starting an engaging discussion. Interestingly enough, the Reddit community was pretty supportive of the father. It turns out, he's not the only one to try it either. In fact, a few fathers have admitted they did it too. One wife admitted her husband attempted to dry nurse, but stopped after the baby bit a little too hard. It was after the story was shared on Twitter that more negative opinions were shared. A lot of the community thought it was strange, others thought maybe he watched one too many Family Guy episodes.
This isn't the first case of a dad dry, or comfort, nursing his baby recently either. In fact, it seems like a growing trend. One man actually filmed himself doing the deed, and it seemed to garner the same mixed reaction. The video is equal parts adorable and strange, and the baby's reaction to not actually getting any milk is pretty hilarious, but the internet just can't make up its mind about how it feels about this. Those who support the act say it's a great way to calm the baby down, while also strengthening the bond between father and child in the same way many moms do. While those against it think it's just weird.
baby girl was OBVIOUSLY confused 😭😭😭😂 pic.twitter.com/q3fL8V1bWR— 🔥 Daddy Duke 🔥 (@SlimeBallDuke_) September 5, 2018
Regardless of your stance, the father on Reddit and the more recent Twitter dad seem to think it works, and when you have a screaming baby, making them stop is all that goes through your head.