Dads are the #1 support person for the new mother. When Dads support breastfeeding, mothers are more likely to succeed and reach their breastfeeding goals. However, many dads are clueless as to how to help the new mother. They sometimes feel left out when the baby breastfeeds.
Dads...you are priceless to the new mother and baby!
Does the breastfeeding experience make you feel left out and do you worry you that you'll have a harder time bonding and developing a relationship with your baby than your partner will?
Are you feeling inadequate, thinking that nothing you do for your child could ever compare to your partner's contribution?
Do you believe that because women breastfeed, they have knowledge and skills that automatically make them better parents and you a lesser parent?
Stay tuned because there's no doubt about it: feeding is one of the most important aspects of caring for an infant. But you don't have to back off just because she's got the food supply taken care of. Dads have a very important role to play in breastfeeding. Dads can teach their babies that there is more to love than food, and that there is a world outside of Mommy. And besides, at around 6 months you become the designated solid food feeder!
- Spend plenty of time just hanging out with your baby
- Take your baby for walks in the sling or stroller
- Put your baby in a sling and go grocery shopping
- Play on the floor together
- Take showers together
This gives you and your baby a chance to be alone. The more this happens, the more confident you'll feel about your own abilities as a parent.