Dads have an important role to play in the healthy development of their children, and this includes supporting both mom and baby with breastfeeding.
In the first few weeks, lack of sleep and challenges with learning to breastfeed can affect mom’s confidence. Feeding expressed breastmilk from a bottle can interfere with milk production, so while it may be necessary from time to time, it’s not recommended on a regular basis.
Below are some ways that you can help out with breastfeeding and also bond with your breastfed baby.
How’s a Dad to Help
- Support mom in deciding to breastfeeding & encourage her to continue.
- Help mom with positioning baby - offer her a pillow to use while nursing.
- Spend time with your baby. Getting to know him/her helps you tune in to baby’s needs.
- Burp your baby after a feeding or change baby’s diaper. By providing day to day care for your baby you will develop a special closeness with your baby too.
- Care for baby while mom naps
- Be involved with household chores like cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping
- Babies that breastfeed frequently still benefit from being held. Let your baby lie skin to skin on your chest.
- Be realistic about what you expect – a baby in the house is an adjustment for the whole family.
- Get more information - Just For Dad: Baby’s First Year Help mom find breastfeeding supports.
For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.