skin to skin for dads

How partners can support breastfeeding

Women are much more likely to breastfeed for longer when they have their partner's support. Practical ways dads and partners can help with breastfeeding include:

Go to antenatal or breastfeeding sessions Mums will be reminded of accurate information and directed to trustworthy sources. When mum feels frustrated or confused, having a partner to turn to who can guide her emotions with compassion and helpful facts, a woman can feel supported and successful.

Give emotional and practical support Try to make time for each other when you can. Do little things to make each other feel cared for and included.

Arrange paternity leave Talk to your employer about paternity leave early on so you can plan how this best suits your family needs.

Make her life easier Mum may be the one with the milk, but the partner can do the rest! Get mum drinks, healthy!) snacks, grab her a book or the remote, let her rest, do some chores, help with the other children, change a nappy, or perform any other myriad of tasks that mum would find helpful. The early days of breastfeeding are especially taxing on a new mum, no matter how many children she’s fed herself.  Remember to take some extra time out of your day to go out of your way making her feel comfortable and supported in her role as breast feeding mother

Do your bit around the home Then your partner can focus on caring for your baby and getting breastfeeding off to a good start.

Provide some stress relief If you already have young children, take the stress away from mum by keeping them entertained while she feeds the baby.

Get involved in your baby's care Giving your baby their bath, changing nappies and being part of getting ready for bed are great ways of getting close to your baby.

Be there As often as you can, sit with her as she feeds your baby. Your presence is a huge sign of support and sometimes breast feeding can be isolating and lonely. Spending time together as a family while mum and baby nurse shows patience, respect, and lots of support.

Give your baby a bottle of breast milk After a few weeks, if your partner begins to express her breast milk, you could give your baby a bottle of breast milk.

Encourage  Never underestimate the power of a kind word. New mums especially need supportive coaching and compliments, but long-term nursing mums need it just as much. Remember still encourage and compliment her “stick-to-it” attitude even when it can be painful to feed.This encouragement will lift her  spirits and gives her renewed confidence and dedication.

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