6 Ways Dads Can Help with Breastfeeding

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Fathers play a vital role and greatly influence breastfeeding practices. Their support has been identified as the strongest predictor of exclusive and optimum breastfeeding.  Fathers can support the success of breastfeeding by:

  1. Creating a positive family attitude or mindset towards breastfeeding. 
  2. Encouraging the mum.  Breastfeeding can be draining both emotionally and physically and fathers can bolster their breastfeeding partners confidence by complimenting their efforts and encouraging them to forge on.
  3. Providing practical help such as massaging the mum, serving her food, washing the baby, bottle feeding the baby.
  4. Bringing baby to mum in the middle of the night
  5. Fostering a relationship with the baby.  Getting skin -to- skin contact is good for both the baby and the father as it is a great relationship booster
  6. Burping and changing the baby

Dads, when she is ready to wean baby off nursing, applaud her for the fantastic job she’s done no matter how long she nursed!

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