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Baby Your Baby: Fathers provide an important role in supporting breastfeeding

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Baby Your Baby - Fathers provide an important role in supporting breastfeeding
As we celebrate Father’s day, we encourage dads to remember that one of the most important, and rewarding, things that they can do is be an active part of raising a new baby. Mom will be very tired and sore from delivery and she will need dad’s support to breastfeed the baby. Fathers are an important part of supporting breastfeeding mothers.


Ways dad can support:

  • Help with chores, provide meals, get the baby during the night, and offer emotional support.
  • Dads can let mom rest (and save calories for producing milk) by doing house cleaning and caring for other children.
  • Make sure mom is eating enough fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, and fluids for producing milk.
  • Help by cleaning the breast pump and bottles used for storing extra breastmilk.
  • Listen to mom and be reassuring when she’s having challenges with breastfeeding.
  • Moms and providers can include dads in breastfeeding education to help them understand the challenges of breastfeeding, feel included in the processes, and understand their supportive role.
  • Dads can learn baby’s hunger cues; if Dad knows what baby does when he’s getting hungry, he can get baby to Mom before he’s hungry and mad when latching will be frustrating and difficult for both mom and baby.
  • Learn with mom about the latch and breastfeeding how-tos.
  • Breastfeeding is a dance between mom and baby that can be hard to learn at first. In moments of frustration, Mom might not be able to go through all the troubleshooting steps, but if Dad knows too, he can help to coach and remind her.
  • Studies suggest that when fathers are involved with reading to their infants and use more vocabulary, their toddler will have better communication skills.
  • Overall, dads can be an active part of the child’s life including reading, changing diapers, playing, and going to the doctor.

For more information about breastfeeding, visit BabyYourBaby.org.

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