Get the facts on breastfeeding from new dad, Paul, from Salford

August 21st, 2009 · No Comments

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22 year-old Paul Wegener is the partner of Kylie, (pictured above) and proud dad to 9 month-old Kyran. Despite having difficulties, Kylie was committed to feeding Kyran with her own milk and relied on Paul’s constant support.

WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING A DAD?
I can’t put it into words. Just the best thing ever. It turned my life upside down but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU FOUND OUT KYLIE WAS PREGNANT?
I just started crying­—I was over the moon. I always wanted to be a dad so I thought it was brilliant.

DID YOU TALK ABOUT BREASTFEEDING WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT?
I didn’t really think of the idea myself. But when we found out she was pregnant Kylie thought it was the right thing to do. To be honest I just went along with it. It was a bit weird at first but then I went through all the leaflets and realised it’s just the best thing for the baby. Then it just became the natural thing to do—completely normal.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN BECOMING A DAD?
Knowing what’s wrong when he cries. Is it his bum, is he hungry…It took a while to work it out but then you start to realise what the different cries mean. He’s been really good, he’ll have a little cry to let us know that he’s hungry, but because he’s breastfed it’s on demand and he soon calms down.

WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE IN SUPPORTING KYLIE TO BREASTFEED?
Sometimes it’s just the practical stuff. Taking the weight of the baby, holding him up to the breast if she was feeling tired. At other times it’s giving the encouragement and support she needs. She had a lot of problems with feeding and we came close to giving up a couple of times. I just did everything I could to help her carry on because I knew it was the best thing for Kyran.

DO YOU THINK THAT BREASTFEEDING HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE TO KYRAN?
Definitely. He seems a lot smarter than babies I know that are on formula. He doesn’t cry as much and doesn’t mind being passed around. He seems more independent.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER BLOKES WHO WANT TO SUPPORT THEIR PARTNERS TO BREASTFEED?
Just support her as much as you can and remember that it’s the best thing for the baby. It’s easier for the dad than the mum—you need to understand their needs and support them through it.

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