Believe it or not, when mom is indisposed, dad can step up and breastfeed the kids.
Babies need skin-to-skin time. Experts all agree that physical contact with an infant is paramount for the child’s mental health. Babies and children that don’t get enough skin time may grow up feeling neglected, which can lead to a whole bunch of negative outcomes.
Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer of Iowa knows this. Mostly because his wife April told him about it. She wanted their baby to have immediate skin-to-skin contact just as soon as she was born. The only problem was she had worryingly high blood pressure.
When April and Max showed up for a stress test at the end of June, they were surprised to find out that she was actually already in labor. “You’re not leaving, y’all are having a baby!” Max recalls a nurse saying in his story posted on Love What Matters.
The birth was not an easy one for April. After suffering a seizure the doctors recommended an emergency C-section. She suffered another seizure in the operating room, but luckily the operation was swift and successful. Their baby was born weighing in at 7lbs, 15oz.
Unfortunately, April was out of action and couldn’t hold the baby for that essential skin-on-skin contact. But being the loving husband that he is, Max immediately took off his shirt and got the baby nestled close to his chest.
But a newborn baby is a hungry baby, and the nursing staff at Max’s hospital had an idea. They suggested that he put on a fake nipple and actually “breastfeed” his baby. Max is a new-age kinda guy, so he agreed. "Sure, why not?" Max wrote.
The actual set up is remarkably simple. Max slips a plastic nipple over his own with a cord connected to a syringe full of baby formula. The nurse gently squeezes as the baby suckles, and presto! Daddy is breastfeeding like a champ.
"I felt a connection the minute I saw my little girl,” Max recalled in his heartwarming story. “I got to hold her and help her get used to breastfeeding I hope. I really did it just to be a good dad and be a hero for the nursing staff because they are superheroes."
Just remember next time daddy says he's too tired to use a bottle that he could breastfeed if he really wanted to!