What can I do to help my partner with breastfeeding?

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

It takes two

If you think breastfeeding is a job just for mum—think again! There’s loads of other stuff that needs to go on behind the scenes to make it happen.

So many women give up breastfeeding because they don’t get the support they need in the early stages.

It’s up to you to make breastfeeding a double act and do whatever you can to give your baby the best possible start. Here’s a few pointers…

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1. FIX IT
Make sure the house runs smoothly: DIY, cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. Not only will she be exhausted, but she might be worried that these things aren’t being taken care of.

2. GUARD
Make sure your partner isn’t getting too many visitors. Let others know when your family needs to be alone. Turn off the phone or put a ‘do not disturb’ sign on the front door.

3. TAKE CHARGE
If you have other children, make sure they give mum and baby some space. Distract them with fun activities and exercise, but see that they still get enough attention (and sleep!).

4. PROTECT
Stop people from making negative comments about breastfeeding. Even if it comes from your own mum!

5. SEEK OUT
Find skilled help if any problems crop up. Know what to look for, what to do and who to contact. See your local support page for more information on what’s happening in your area.

6. SEARCH
Find details of local mums’ breastfeeding groups. Chances are, there’s loads of help available in your area. See your local support page or contact your local PCT for more info.

7. BE PROUD
What your partner’s doing is amazing. Make sure she knows you think so.

8. BE A MAN
Blokes meet their baby’s needs in different ways to mums. Your baby needs an involved dad not a substitute mum. Make time, stay close, get to know your baby and understand their needs.

Tags: Dads and breastfeeding

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