Baby Amara Chiedozie has astounded medical professionals – and her mum – by learning to holding her milk bottle and feed herself just three days after being born
Amara Chiedozie is one strong baby. The newborn’s mum says her daughter, who’s now three weeks old, has been capable of holding her own milk bottle since she was three days now – something which babies aren’t usually able to do until around six months.
‘When we were feeding, she started shaking, then she just grabbed the bottle,’ Amara’s her Onyi Chiedozie, 20, told MailOnline. ‘She was holding it by herself.
‘We couldn’t believe it because babies don’t normally do it that young. I’m so shocked that I have been documenting it every day. It’s unbelievable.’
READ: HOW TO GET YOUR BABY DRINKING FROM A CUP
Amara also makes it clear when she’s had enough. ‘When she doesn’t want it she will push it away,’ says Onyi. ‘She isn’t strong enough to throw it away, but she does push it, like she does with her dummy. If she is really hungry, she starts shaking. Then she will just grab the bottle as you give it to her.’
As well as letting Amara feed herself with a bottle, Onyi is breastfeeding Amara. Onyi struggled at first due to the pain but says it’s ‘better now – it’s comfortable,’ and adds that it’s a ‘really nice way to bond.’
READ: WE TEST THE BEST BOTTLES FOR FEEDING YOUR BABY
Amara’s quick development surprised the staff at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, where Amara was born a few weeks ago weighing 6lb 3oz.
‘Even nurses are really surprised,’ says Onyi. ‘When my health support nurse came, she was shocked as well. She couldn’t believe that this could happen.
‘Whenever we go to appointments, we take pictures of her doing it. The midwife and even the doctor we had an appointment with on Saturday were actually amazed. They couldn’t believe it,’ she says.
READ: HOW MUCH MILK DOES YOUR BABY NEED?
There are risks to letting your baby feed herself, and the NHS advises not to allow your baby to hold a bottle unsupported or unsupervised. It states on the NHS website. ‘It’s not safe to leave babies to feed themselves or to prop up a bottle; if they choke they won’t be able to push the bottle away.’
Did you baby do anything before you thought she would? Let us know in the comments box below.