This newborn has a lot of bottle: British baby shocks medical profession by learning to feed herself at just three days old
- Amara Chiedozie grabbed the milk bottle from her mum during a feed
- Now holds bottle every time, which has amazed the doctors and nurses
By CAROLINE MCGUIRE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 16:33, 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 19:19, 21 August 2014
Mothers of newborn babies welcome any offers of help to share the load.
So Onyi Chiedozie lucked out with the arrival of her baby daughter Amara, who learned to feed herself when she was only 72 hours old.
The child took matters into her own hands when she 'grabbed' her bottle during a feed and held it to her mouth unaided.
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Amara Chiedozie strated feeding herself at just three days old
She first did it at three days old and now - at three weeks old - regularly holds her bottle and pushes it aside when she is full up.
Her mother Onyi, 20, who is using a combination of breast and bottle feeding, said everyone is amazed by the feat.
She said: 'She was crying as she was hungry and when we were feeding, she started shaking, then she just grabbed the bottle and 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.
Onyi Chiedozie couldn't believe it when her daughter grabbed the bottle during a feed
The midwife and even the doctor we had an appointment with on Saturday was actually amazed - they all couldn't believe it.'
Amara was born at Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, on August 3 weighing 6lbs 3oz.
Single mother Onyi, a student from nearby Chadwell Heath, is baffled by her daughter's amazing ability.
Now three weeks old, Amara Chiedozie is taking control of her bottle feeds
She said: 'I just think she has a lot of strength, I'm not sure why though as she wasn't particularly heavy when she was born.
'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, 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.'
Onyi Chiedozie says her daughter's doctor and midwife are amazed she can feed herself