By Jasmine Kazlauskas
An innovative dad-of-five has taken the internet by storm with a brilliant parenting hack which allowed him to ‘breastfeed’ his fussy baby daughter while his wife was at work.
Devoted dad Anthony Favors, from Buffalo, New York, USA, has captivated parents around the world with his adorable trick to soothe 10-month-old daughter Lily’ahna while wife Shalanda Favors, 25, is out.
Lily’ahna will only drink breastmilk so the 31-year-old devised the genius plan of cutting a small hole in his shirt and poking the teat of a bottle filled with his wife’s breastmilk through the gap to create a ‘functional boob’.
Chef Anthony said: Anthony said: “I’ve always had trouble feeding Lily’ahna because she is a very fussy baby.
“She would always just want her mum’s boob because it really soothed her.
“I’d always feel so useless and wished there was something I could do to help.
“When I was taking care of her, she’d constantly be grabbing my chest and just shook her head at the bottle.
“I would tell her ‘I’m sorry baby, I don’t have milk in there’. It made me laugh.
“But she would get so frustrated and start crying, thinking that I was holding out on her.
“One day I just had enough and had to think of a quick solution when Sholanda was at work.
“The idea just came to me. I cut a hole in my shirt and stuck the top of the bottle through.
“My wife couldn’t believe that I actually cut up an expensive shirt.
“But that wasn’t on my mind at the time. All I cared about was my baby.
“She was really confused at first, but after I poured some milk out she realised what it was and started drinking.
“She absolutely loved it and it made her really happy. She went straight to sleep.
“I was so relieved that I had figured something out. I felt like the best dad in the entire world.”
Anthony said he and his beautician wife Sholanda – who are also parents to Anthony Jr., 2, Josiya, 5, Savanna, 6, and Camiya, 9 – were having trouble figuring out how to feed their fussy baby girl when the dad was taking care of the kids at home, because Lily’ahna has breastfed since birth and would ‘always cry’ when given a bottle.
But when his baby daughter was five-months-old, Anthony said he finally had enough of her refusing the bottle and ‘screaming the house down’ when his wife was at work.
So when the tot kept grabbing at his chest for milk, the dad decided to take matters into his own hands and came up with the genius hack.
Anthony said that when he first tried ‘breastfeeding’, Lily’ahna was ‘a little suspicious’ of her dad’s new ‘nipple’, but after he squirted out a bit of milk and she got a taste, the daddy-daughter duo have never looked back – and now the loving father uses the trick all the time.
Anthony said that it was an ‘amazing feeling’ to be able to ‘breastfeed’ his baby girl and now feels closer than ever to his daughter.
And even though he admitted that some fathers might find it a bit strange, he said that ‘real men’ should step up to the plate and do ‘whatever it takes’ to look after their children.
His hilarious social media post revealing the hack has racked up nearly 200,000 shares to date since Friday [March 9].
Anthony said: “I’ve always been in absolute awe of my wife throughout her pregnancies and in childbirth.
“It’s amazing what a mother’s body can do for their children and the sacrifices they have to make.
“I see my wife breastfeed and I can see how hard it is. I’m so proud of her and everything she does.
“She is in so much pain sometimes especially when our babies are teething and biting while breastfeeding.
“It makes me feel so good that I can give her a break from that and she doesn’t need to worry when she needs to head out or go to work.
“Mothers and fathers should both have equal responsibility for their children.
“It has given me so much confidence. I wish I had tried it on my other kids.
“It has made me feel so much closer to my baby girl.
“When she looks up at me with those eyes while she is feeding I can see how much she adores me.
“I will keep doing this for as long as it takes. I’ll always be there for her when she needs me.”