Breastfeeding is a gesture of love in which the mother feeds her little one and, in turn, creates bonds of security and affection. However, contrary to popular belief, men can also do this with the help of powdered milk and an artificial nipple.
No, what we say is not a joke. Men can also breastfeed their children, and this is an activity commonly carried out in hospitals in European countries and in the United States. To prove it, there is the story of Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer, who was in charge of feeding her newborn daughter, sending a powerful message of fatherhood and emotional responsibility.
Maxamillian and April Neubauer, originally from Wisconsin, the United States, welcomed their first daughter in 2018, but it was only recently that their story went viral on social networks.
April had ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs during the last months of pregnancy, even sᴜꜰꜰᴇʀɪɴɢ sᴇɪᴢᴜʀᴇs during labor, which is why she underwent sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ and her baby came into the world through a C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. After giving birth, April was briefly ᴜɴᴄᴏɴsᴄɪᴏᴜs and had to be put to rest.
Then the nurse and the doctors talked to Maxamillian and told him that everything would be fine because April was stable, as was her baby. She later went to the ɴᴜʀsᴇʀʏ and met her daughter.
In the ɴᴜʀsᴇʀʏ, a nurse told him that they had to feed the baby and asked if he was willing to do so. He agreed immediately and, with the help of medical personnel, managed to artificially breastfeed his daughter.
“A nurse came out with my beautiful girl. I went to the ɴᴜʀsᴇʀʏ, I sat down and I took off my shirt to hold my baby and have her skin to skin. I wanted her to know that she was by her side and would protect her at all times.”
“The nurse said she had to give him a formula to start the feeding. She then asked me if I would like to put on a fake nipple and simulate breastfeeding. Since I’m a big prankster, I said, ‘Sure, why not?’”
“I never thought I would actually breastfeed. I was the first to breastfeed my daughter! My mother-in-law couldn’t believe what she was seeing.”
The nurses were moved by Maxamillian’s gesture, and he, in a unique way, understood the meaning of true love.
“I felt a connection from the moment I saw my daughter. I look forward to holding her and helping her breastfeed.”
His gesture has become a beautiful and powerful message of fatherhood, breaking down sᴛɪɢᴍᴀs and showing that in parenting, mom and dad have the same level of obligations.