Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer, a pipe welder in Iowa, never expected to be nursing his baby daughter just minutes after she was born. In both an effusive Facebook post and an article written for Love What Matters, the new dad described the experience of being able to “breastfeed” his baby, complete with photos.
Baby Rosalía Lupita Valentina Neubauer was born by emergency c-section at 1:16 a.m. on June 26. Her dad was there for the procedure, and then immediately spent time with his baby daughter in the nursery.
“I sat down and took off my shirt for some skin to skin time,” he wrote. “[The nurse] said we needed to get her a little formula and do some finger feeding; other options and such. Just something to get her started. Then she asked if maybe I would like to throw a nipple on and do some ‘real breastfeeding.’ Me being a big joker and the ability to try just about anything once. I said sure, why not.”
With some help from the nurses, he was able to take his baby bonding to the next level.
“I got a nipple shield with a syringe tube and hit the road running. Nurse helped a lot. I mean I’ve never breastfed or even thought in a thousand years I would. I was the first to breast feed da baby!”
Neubauer was using was a Supplemental Nursing System (SNS), which is a bag of breastmilk connected to a nipple shield with a thin tube. The baby latches on to the nipple, allowing dads (or moms struggling with milk supply) to nurse, or adoptive parents who want to experience breastfeeding. Lactation consultants can help with the process, and supplies of breast milk can be bought online. Proud poppa Neubauer was pretty happy with the results.
“I felt a connection the minute I saw my little girl. I got to hold her and help her get use 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. You couldn’t ask for anyone better. Don’t forget those moms though I did it for them too.”