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Breastfeeding

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Partners, dads, moms, grandparents, families and friends play an important role in the healthy development of children. Breastfeeding parents are more likely to feel and be successful when their family and friends show support and have a positive attitude. This includes supporting the child and parent with breastfeeding.

The current recommendations for feeding babies and children may be different from what family and friends were taught when they were having babies. As you support the new parents you may find it helpful to know some of the up-to-date information they are learning. Your loving encouragement and listening ear makes a difference!

You can learn about and support breastfeeding before the baby is born. In the early days, you can provide encouragement. Help the breastfeeding parent by getting water, a snack, moving pillows, etc. Be involved with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping. Be realistic about what you expect – a baby in the house is an adjustment for the whole family.

Taking care of your baby is more than just feeding. Be involved with baby care activities such as burping, changing diapers, holding, bathing, skin-to-skin time, playing, etc. This will help you to get to know them and helps you tune into their needs. Feeding baby breastmilk from a bottle instead of the breast can impact breastfeeding success. If considering providing a bottle, talk to a health professional.

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