Have you ever heard of a baby that feeds herself just three days after birth and is self-sufficient at it three weeks later? New York Daily News reports that 3-week-old Amara Chiedozie in Essex independently holds her own bottle and pushes it aside when she’s full. The newborn grabbed her bottle during one of her feedings and held it steadily to her mouth without any assistance.
Mom, Onvi Chiedozie, breastfeeds and bottle feeds her daughter. Everyone is shocked at this skill Amara has after entering the world just weeks ago.
“She was crying as she was hungry and when we were feeding, she started shaking, then she just grabbed the bottle. 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. Even nurses are really surprised. 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 all couldn’t believe it.”
Amara was born on August 3rd, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
“I just think she has a lot of strength; I’m not sure why though. She wasn’t particularly heavy when she was born,” Chiedozie shares.”When she doesn’t want it she will push it away. She isn’t strong enough to throw it away, but she does push it away.”
Whenever the 3-week-old baby feeds herself, mom is there watching every moment. The 20-year-old single mother adds:
“Sometimes I hold her or sometimes you can prop her up with a pillow and give her the bottle. I’m always watching her – I don’t let her out of my sight.”
Daily Mail notes in their report that parents’ charity NCT warns about letting babies feed themselves:
“If you give your baby a bottle, always hold the bottle and your baby whilst feeding. 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.”
For a newborn to have such amazing capabilities at 3-weeks of age, more than the average strength of an infant is required. If this baby feeds herself at this stage in her new life, will she be ahead in other areas of her life?
[Photo Credit: Tony Kershaw/SWNS.com via Daily Mail]