Since it is the woman who typically produces milk after giving birth, breastfeeding usually falls under the domain of a new mother
— not the father.
But when Chris Allen’s fiancée, Jennifer Capo, went back to work shortly after giving birth to their daughter, Destiny, the Florida-based father decided to give his own version of breastfeeding a try.
Allen cut a small hole in the breast of his white tank top, and inserted Destiny’s bottle through the gap, to give the illusion of breastfeeding. He filmed the entire process — and his innovative technique has since gone viral, with nearly six million views on Facebook alone.
“Mummy had to go back to work, so Daddy is helping out,” Allen said in the 15-second clip, which was shared by the Facebook group Breastfeeding Mama Talk. “Ha, I guess it’s like breastfeeding, right?”
The video has been met with overwhelmingly positive response, with most commenters praising Allen for being “dedicated” and sharing their own stories about how their babies struggled to take a bottle.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfeed for the for six months. If the mother has to return to work or school while breastfeeding, the AAP suggests the mother express and safely store her breast milk, and leave it with the baby’s caregiver for feedings.
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