Cute And Funny Or Outrageous? Dad Posted A Video Of Himself Comfort-Nursing His Baby Daughter, Causing A Twitterstorm
September 12, 2018 18:10 By Fabiosa
Funny, cute, or inappropriate? A video of dad comfort-nursing his baby has Twitter users divided
When a baby gets fussy, one way to comfort him or her is offering the nipple. Every mom can do it, but what happens when dads try to do it?
the beautiful baby that made this tweet happen 😭 pic.twitter.com/gHATbspPiG— 🔥 Daddy Duke 🔥 (@SlimeBallDuke_) September 6, 2018
One Twitter user, named 'Daddy Duke', posted an 8-second video of himself comfort-nursing his baby daughter. In the video, they both look somewhat confused.
baby girl was OBVIOUSLY confused 😭😭😭😂 pic.twitter.com/q3fL8V1bWR— 🔥 Daddy Duke 🔥 (@SlimeBallDuke_) September 5, 2018
The video went viral, and many of those who viewed it were equally confused. Some even found it inappropriate:
This is child-abuse to the extreme. This man is a jerk off. Not cool brother not cool— Gary H Goodridge (@garyhgoodridge) September 6, 2018
Aaaah bro stop doing that man!!!🤔🤔🤔— MASTERVUSi. (@Vusi00892655) September 6, 2018
However, most comments have been positive and supportive. Here are some of them:
It’s not weird it’s sweet. It’s one of those common moments every dad goes through with their baby, it’s cute and funny— 𝓑𝓻𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪 (@briutifulsoul) September 6, 2018
People talking about how it’s “wrong” and “disturbing” are dumb as hell for being in they feels over an 8sec video with a confused but loving dad NOT overreacting to his baby comfort nursing.— Lynette the Threat (@nikkiLynette) September 6, 2018
Awwww she’s comfort nursing on dad— ✨ (@kinnyboo) September 6, 2018
Make sense to me. Baby is looking for comfort, not necessarily food! Cute!— MJLadner (@MelissaJLadner) September 6, 2018
From a psychological standpoint, is it OK for dads to offer the nipple to their babies for comfort when moms are not around? Not only is it normal, but it may also be beneficial, as it turns out!
Why there’s nothing wrong with dads comfort-nursing their babies
As any parent would tell you, babies don’t always suck to feed. Actually, the act of sucking comforts them and calms them down – isn’t this the reason why we have pacifiers?
There’s nothing wrong with dads offering their nipples to babies for comfort. It’s basically the same as giving a pacifier or a bottle to a baby – the purpose is to calm him or her down.
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Speaking to ABC News, breastfeeding specialist and pediatrician Dr. Jack Newman said:
This story is not about producing milk, but strictly calming the baby with the father's breast.
Dr. Newman went on to mention that he tried it with his baby.
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Not only does comfort-nursing calm babies down, but it also promotes parent-child bonding, the very same process that breastfeeding moms and their babies go through. Skin-to-skin contact is vitally important for early development and health of babies, and it doesn’t have to come exclusively from moms. In fact, skin-to-skin contact is good for babies and dads alike – it lays the groundwork for a close, trusting relationship between the child and the dad in the future.
Although comfort-nursing may look weird and unusual to some when it’s done by dads, there is nothing wrong with it.
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