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Dads and Breastfeeding

Dads have an important role to play in the healthy development of their children, and this includes supporting both mom and baby with breastfeeding.

  • Go to breastfeeding classes with mom prenatally.
  • Support mom in deciding to breastfeed.
  • Tell mom she is doing a great job.
  • Help mom with positioning baby and being comfortable.
  • Spend time with your baby. Getting to know your baby 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 rests.
  • 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 – 24 hour Crib Side Assistance.
  • Help mom find breastfeeding supports.

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.


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.

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