4 Tips For Dads Of Breastfed Babies - Dad's Edition

Welcome back to another instalment of Dad's Edition!

This week, I've asked Max to cover some tips for dads of babies who are breastfed. I imagine, it can make dads feel a little bit useless when it comes to the feeding side of things, so I thought it would be a good idea to get Max to write some of his tips down!

Mum needs a break too! 

If your partner is breastfeeding you might feel as though you've got a better deal. You won't have to get up for the night feeds; you haven't got to spend a lot of time boiling water, sterilising or getting bottles. But because of this, make sure you help out where you can as well. Breastfeeding can be exhausting, so take a share of the burden elsewhere. Raising this baby is a team effort, and helping mum by changing more nappies, or picking up a larger share of the chores, can help offload some of the strain. Especially if you're getting more sleep in the beginning!

Snacks, snacks and more snacks!

Have more ready to eat and easy food in the house. Your partner needs the extra calories and will often not have the time to make herself a fancy meal whilst looking after your hungry baby. If you're not in the house, or at work,  have things readily available for mum. If you are at home, offer to make them something nice. 
Mum might be stuck under a cluster-feeding baby all day and if your partner is anything like Amy, she might just want to be able to eat or drink when she wants! Offering food or drinks when you have use of your legs is a small token way of helping mum.

Be on hand.

Muslins (especially at the beginning) are a must for new breastfeeding mums and dads. Mum has to struggle with feeding baby, which is not often easy at the start. Rather than offering advice on the position or being in the way, just be on hand to help when it's needed. I can't stress enough the importance of having a least a couple of muslin clothes on hand at any one time (and many more at home). There will be instances of reflux, sicking up, dribble and leaking. that square of muslin can be a real life saver and dad should be on hand when mum's hands are full, when possible!

Make it feel normal.

She might already be anxious enough about breastfeeding in public, but carrying on a conversation and normalising breastfeeding will help mum forget about other people. She is feeding your baby and you shouldn't have to feel worried or ashamed about it which can often be the case, intentionally or not. Sit with mum, help pass the baby over as she sorts out her nursing bra or top, talk about your days and let mum feel more like the woman she was before this baby took over her life! Dads can be a real friend when mum is having that bad breastfeeding day.

And remember, just be there to help look after your baby and mum. you might not have the option to feed you baby(and that might be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it) but you still have plenty of ways to help mum give the gift of food!

Were there any ways that you wish you had help when breastfeeding?


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