6 ways dads can support breastfeeding moms

Just because you are breastfeeding, it doesn’t mean that your partner can’t help or support you. Registered midwife Pippa Hime offers this advice on how dads can get involved.

When it comes to feeding your baby, the responsibility tends to lie heavily on the mom. This is largely because your baby is being breastfed, and, well, dads just don’t have the right tools for this job.

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Here are a few ways dads can help support a breastfeeding mom:

Give a hand

Breastfeeding in the early days needs some help, whether it’s to tuck away a flying arm, position a pillow, or sandwich a breast.

Winding and settling

Babies don’t just wake, feed and go back to sleep. They need to be winded, changed and often settled back into slumber. This can take a fair amount of time, so it’s helpful to have an extra set of hands to do this. Once you have finished a feed, your partner can wind and settle your baby, leaving you time to rest, eat, or take a shower.

Dinner on dad

Once breastfeeding is well established, breast milk can be expressed and given by bottle. This is a perfect opportunity for your partner to do a feed, and for you to have a well-deserved break.

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Look after you

While you’re so busy looking after your baby, looking after yourself can take a backseat. Ask your partner to have snacks ready for you, run you a relaxing bath or cook your favourite dinner.

Lighten the load

Your partner can ensure other aspects of your home life that are not baby-related keep running smoothly, for example, grocery shopping, unpacking the dishwasher or hanging up the laundry. All these simple chores will lessen the load on you, allowing you time to rest and focus on your baby.

Support without pressure

Breastfeeding can be trying at times for any new mom. It is important for a new dad to provide lots of support and encouragement when you need it.

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