Dad 'Breastfeeds' Baby Girl After Mom Has Seizure During Labor

Husband and wife Maxamillian and April Neubauer knew they wanted to breastfeed their baby as soon as possible after she was born. So when April fell ill during labor, Maxamillian stepped up and fed their baby girl instead.

Skin-to-skin contact is believed to help the baby to adjust to being outside the womb, and is an important step for helping a mother initiate breastfeeding.

Doctors at Door County Medical Center induced labor in April, 24, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, after her blood pressure reached dangerously high levels, People reported. After her water broke, April experienced a seizure, she told WBAY.com.

Doctors decided delivering the baby via c-section would be the safest plan for mother and baby, Cybil Martin-Dennehy, a registered nurse at Door County Medical Center, told WBAY.com.

After April gave birth to Rosalía, she was rushed to the intensive care unit away from her newborn to recover. To give Rosalía immediate skin-to-skin contact, Maxamillian, 29, took his shirt off and nestled his daughter against his chest.

As April's absence put the couple's wish to breastfeed Rosalía as soon as possible at risk, Martin-Dennehy came up with a plan. She asked Maxamillian if he would do it instead.

"He was like, yeah, no problem," Martin-Dennehy told WBAY.com. "I have tried multiple times [with other fathers]. Usually I get a look of disbelief. Why would I ask something so crazy? But Max was 100 percent. He is like, heck yes, let's do this."

"The Nursing staff were giggling and jumping for joy," Maxamillian wrote on LoveWhat Matters.

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Martin-Dennehy assembled what is known as a supplemental nursing system using a nipple shield, a feeding tube, a syringe and some formula milk. She fitted the tube on Maxamillian's chest, beneath his tattoo reading "Mom."

Maxamillian wrote: "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!"

"It says 'Mom,' which is more perfect than anyone could have asked for. You would have thought the photo was staged," Martin-Dennehy said.

"I felt a connection the minute I saw my little girl," Maxamillian said. "I got to hold her and help her get used 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."

April, who has a hormonal condition known as PCOS that can affect a woman's fertility, told People: "I never thought I was going to be able to be a mom, and the fact that my husband was able to give me such a wonderful gift, I have no words."

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