A new parenting technique is here and people aren't sure what to think about it.
It's being called "dry-nursing" and it's when the dad tries to get their baby to suck on their nipple to calm them down when a pacifier doesn't work and mom isn't around.
A Reddit user posted his experience to see if he was the only one out there doing it.
In the post he writes,
Sometimes when my baby is crying in the night and it's my turn to quiet and soothe her, in desperation I'll try to get her to suckle at my nipples. Usually she doesn't want them (too hairy?), but sometimes she latches on, and I find myself experiencing a confusing mixture of joy at the connection between father and daughter, and horror at what I've become. Do other dads do this? Any tips for getting her to latch on if she doesn't want a pacifier?
A video of a baby latching on to her dad's nipple went viral on Twitter last year, so he's not the only one to have done it.
Women's health expert Jennifer Wider says, "Although some men (and women) may find this both weird and uncomfortable, there is nothing wrong with it. Babies have a sucking reflex and will suck on many different things in order to soothe themselves. Many doctors recommend a clean pinky finger to fathers, but if the baby latched on to the dad's nipple, so be it."
Hey, when you're a dad with a newborn, sometimes you'd be willing to do whatever it takes to calm down your fussy baby.