Dad Shares Photo Of Him Breastfeeding his newborn

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He hopes it will encourage other Dads to take on bigger roles in parenting

A new Father from Wisconsin is putting an end to the idea that breastfeeding is something that people who naturally lactate can do.

Maxamillian Neubauer shared photos of himself feeding his newborn daughter where he makes use of a makeshift Supplemental Nursing System (SNS).

In his post, Neubauer explains that his wife April was unable to breastfeed immediately after giving birth due to complications with her C-section.

“This super rad nurse made an epically killer offer, and I was fortunate enough to slap on a suction cup fake nipple,” he wrote. “Being the first to breast feed da baby!!!!”

Cybil Martin-Dennehy, who’s a registered nurse at Door County Medical Center, was the one to offer Neubauer the opportunity. 

She said that she has offered the SNS option to other dads in the past, but nobody has ever taken her up on the offer.

“Prior to this going viral even I told Maxamillian this was the highlight of my career finally having a dad say yes. I think we jumped up and down in excitement,” she said. “Max was such an amazing sport about this. I feel like he was equally excited to be the first Dad to say yes. You can just tell he loves his family so much.”

Supplemental Nursing System is usually an option for mothers who struggle to breastfeed.

Medela, a company who makes SNSs, reported on their website that there are a number of reasons parents opt to use the device including: to increase lactation; to induce lactation; to keep special-needs babies at the breast; to feed premature babies; to help low-milk supply mothers supplement; and as a teaching tool to babies who find it difficult to latch onto the breast.

Here is an example of what the Medela SNS looks like.

(Photo from Medela)

The one that he used to feed baby Rosalia, however, was homemade. 

Martin-Dennehy had created it herself using a fake nipple shield, a feeding tube, a syringe as well as some formula.

The post, has bee shared over 30,000 times and has received supportive feedback giving props to both Neubauer and Martin-Dennehy.

“You go, man,“Hollie Findley commented. “You’re an example of what a real man is!”

“Shout out to the nurse who offered this option too,” Darlene Denis wrote. “Way to be creative in a way that supports the family and their wishes.”

“Absolutely brilliant and brave. Hats off to you Superdad xxxx,” Lucinda Phillips commented.

Chris Baugh wrote, “If anyone ever took this man’s ‘man card’ away he just stole it right back!”

“This is amazing!!” Tobias Gordon commented. “Something I wish I had the chance to do when my mini people where babies. Just beautiful!!”

Neubauer hopes that the photos will remind other dads to keep an open mind when it comes to parenting.

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