Rebecca McKeever from New York told the Huffington Post the photo was taken only 17 hours after her daughter was born. She said she resorted to using a syringe after daughter Andromeda refused to latch.
“A lactation consultant came to our hospital room to ask if we needed help,” she said.
“She saw that I was expressing colostrum but that Andromeda wasn’t latching, so she brought in little cups and syringes so we could get some food in her.”
“I expressed some colostrum into a cup, then put it into the syringe and fed her little drops at a time.”
Colostrum is a type of breast milk produced in the early stages of breastfeeding that is especially thick and yellow in colour.
The New York resident said her fickle feeder even began to latch after she was fed using the syringe.
“A few minutes after getting that nourishment, she woke up a bit more and actually tried the breast,” she said.
“We had to do a mix of syringe feeding and breastfeeding for the first week.”