When Maxamillian Neubauer’s wife, April, began experiencing complications during the birth of their daughter and was subsequently unable to breastfeed, the new dad decided to feed the baby himself in an inventive and unique way. A nurse at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where the baby was born, had a great suggestion for how Neubauer could “breastfeed” his newborn baby in his wife’s stead while she recovered.
The nurse, Cybil Martin-Dennehy, suggested that Neubauer could use a nipple shield connected to a syringe of milk to simulate the experience of breastfeeding the baby, which would give the baby crucial skin-to-skin contact and also encourage her natural suckling instinct, making it easier for her to latch when her mom was ready to breastfeed her.
Neubauer was more than happy to give the contraption a try, and now his heartwarming post about getting the chance to “breastfeed” his daughter is going viral:
Alongside photos of him feeding the baby via this ingenious system, Neubauer wrote, “Due to complications during April’s emergency c-section. This super rad nurse made a epically killer offer, and I was fortunate enough to slap on a suction cup fake nipple. Being the first to breast feed da baby!!!! ‘I did it for the moms’ Eat your heart out!! ☺💕😘🤗”
Neubauer’s post has now been shared more than 30,000 times and people have flooded the comments section with messages of congratulations and encouragement for this awesome dad who went above and beyond for his daughter.
Nipple shields are also used for new moms who have had mastectomies or have flat or inverted nipples.
“We didn’t invent this way to introduce breastfeeding,” Martin-Dennehy told Green Bay Press Gazette. “It’s been around a while. I’ve asked other dads if they wanted to do this, but until Max, none of the dads wanted to do this.”
Congratulations to Neubauer for jumping in with enthusiasm to help feed his daughter!