Breastfeeding Tips for New Fathers

New fathers may feel out of the loop when it comes to breastfeeding. This does not have to be the case. Below are some ways fathers can support their partners and create a deeper bond with their child.

  1. Start with the source. Have a conversation with your partner about what they need from you during this time.
  2. A little knowledge can go a long way. Take time to research breastfeeding. Understanding how breastfeeding works will allow you to support your partner better.
  3. Comfort is key. Make sure your partner is comfortable. This may mean setting up an area in the house for her to breastfeed or even providing snacks and drinks. While your partner is breastfeeding, check on her to see if you can do anything to make her more comfortable.
  4. Good company. Breastfeeding is a special time mothers spend with their babies. However, it may become lonely at times. Sit with your partner occasionally and have a conversation, so she feels supported during this time.
  5. Burp the baby. After a feeding session, you can burp the baby. This allows you to bond with your child and gives the mom time to rest.
  6. Sacrifice some sleep. Getting up in the night with your partner shows your support. You can bring the baby to her at night, so she does not have to get up or help her get correctly positioned. Getting up every night can be challenging, so any support through this time is greatly appreciated.
  7. Watch for your baby’s hunger signs. Understanding when your child is hungry is the first step of breastfeeding. Crying is a late hunger cue. When you see your child’s fist move to her mouth, opening and closing the mouth, or sucking on her hands, these may be signs your baby is hungry. If you see any of these signs, it is helpful to either alert your partner or bring the baby to her to feed.
  8. Go the extra mile. Helping around the house is a significant form of support. Breastfeeding is emotionally and physically taxing. Cleaning up around the house, cooking, changing diapers or bathing the baby are practical ways to help.
  9. For more information, visit The Role of the Partner in Breastfeeding.

    Beyond these tips, there are a million other ways to offer support. One of the best sources of advice is other fathers who have first-hand experience. Ask questions or leave a piece of advice below.



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