When Maxamillian Neubauer became a father, he also became the first person to breastfeed his newly born daughter. Since his wife, April Neubauer had an emergency C-section and she encountered certain complications, she was unable to breastfeed immediately after their daughter was born. This was when Maxamillian stepped up and volunteered to try the supplemental nursing method, as suggested by the nurse.
The intimate father-daughter bonding moment was captured in photos that went viral. The Facebook post garnered more than 43,000 views and 30,000 shares as of Tuesday.
Hospital nurse Cybil Martin-Dennehy offered new dad Neubauer an alternative “skin-to-skin” contact plan.
“Due to complications during Aprils 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 said in a Facebook post.
Martin-Dennehy said that when she has offered fathers the opportunity to breastfeed their children, she generally receives looks of confusion and disbelief. She said Neubauer’s eager response was a welcomed surprise.
“I love my job and am passionate about breastfeeding, and I hope it encourages other health care providers to recognize the role that dads play in the breastfeeding journey. Maybe even more so now!” Martin-Dennehy told CBS.