20 year old new mum, Onyi Chiedozie, has shown off her baby daughter Amara, who learned to feed herself when she was only 72 hours old.Amara was born at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, on August 3 weighing 6lbs 3oz and her single mother Onyi, a student, is baffled by her daughter’s amazing ability. According to, her lil baby took matters into her own hands when she ‘grabbed’ her bottle during a feed and held it to her mouth
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. Onyi, 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. The midwife and even the doctor we had an appointment with on Saturday was actually amazed – they all couldn’t believe it.
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.’
Miss Chiedozie also breastfeeds Amara regularly. She said: ‘The breastfeeding is better now – it’s comfortable. It used to be painful and sore before but it’s good now.
‘When she breastfeeds she is touching and holding on to me. It’s a really nice experience and way to bond.’ Babies are usually able to hold a bottle unaided from around six months.