Breastfeeding may seem like a one person job, i.e. for the parent with the breasts, but there are a HEAP of ways dads can get involved and help too!
In the beginning, nursing can be a lot of hard work for both mums and bubs until they get into a groove. But dads still play an important part in the breastfeeding process.
Here are eight ways dads can get involved…
Once mum’s finished filling up baby, dad can get in some snuggles by helping to burp baby. This gives mum the chance to eat, jump in the shower or take a nap!
Breastfeeding can be thirsty work for mums! So dads make sure both she and your little one is hydrated by being on water duty.
Nursing is not only thirsty work, but it can also work up a mama’s appetite too. There’s nothing us mums appreciate more than snacks to have on hand after feeding our bubs.
Some mums feed in front of their guests, while other prefer to do it in private. Whichever you prefer to do, it may help to have your partner on hand to help keep guests entertained, or control who comes over if you’re struggling with feedings.
Breastfeeding can be physically and emotionally exhausting, especially if there are latching issues or cracked nipples. Listen and encourage her, it will make a huge difference to her self esteem.
If your partner is feeding your bubs, then why not make yourself useful and take the nappies out to the bin or clean up the sink or put the dishwasher on?
Those small tasks make a big difference to a tired mum.
Breastfeeding at first requires around the clock feeding, and that also means in the middle of the night also.
While dads may not always be able to get up and help all of the time, due to work, waking up and either changing a nappy before going back to bed or having a chat can make all of the difference.
When caring for a new baby it can be hard to find the time to take a shower or even use the toilet, so why not run her a bath for after a feed while you take the baby. She’ll thank you for it.
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