Breastfeeding is great for mum and baby, but it can make dad feel relegated to the subs bench.
With everyone focusing on the baby and the partner doing all the feeding, it’s normal for most blokes to feel a little pushed out.
Because new mums probably won’t feel very sexy for a while, dads can end up feeling like a complete spare part. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry—it’s perfectly normal. It doesn’t mean you don’t love your baby and it doesn’t mean you’re not bonding. “For a while I felt like all I could do was cheer from the touchline” explained Peter Purcell, 35 from Swinton. “But I just made sure that I got involved in other ways.”
DON’T BE A BABY
The most important thing is to make sure you don’t let these feelings get in the way of supporting your partner at this important stage in your baby’s life. Check out the “It Takes Two” post for a run down of all the other stuff your baby and partner need—stuff that you and only you can do.