When mom breastfeeds, dads can feel like they’re out of the loop. She may not want to pump or bottlefeed so dads have to try and engage somehow with feeding the baby. Because… well, they’re half yours! Here are some ways dads can REALLY help with breastfeeding.
1. Bring baby to mom
It’s the middle of the night. You know you can’t feed the baby yourself, so get up and bring your hungry baby to mom, see if you can’t calm baby down first and then hand baby to her. She’s exhausted and will appreciate not having to wrestle a baby to her boob.
2. Make her a snack
Baby’s eating, so she might as well eat too. Preferably a one-handed snack that’s doesn’t leave crumbs all over the baby’s head.
3. Bring her a drink
Nursing moms must stay hydrated. When their baby is nursing, mom usually get quite parched, so bring her some water to quench her thirst. Avoid anything sugary or caffeinated.
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4. Occupy older kids/pets
The last thing a nursing mom needs are distractions. With one kid latched on, she can’t exactly corral kids/pets with the other hand. Unless, you want a very fussy, hungry baby and a possible nipple injury.
5. Prop up with pillows
Always offer her the comfiest chair. Ask if she needs the nursing pillow, or another pillow to support her back. If she’s in bed, a nice pillow beneath her feet would be helpful.
6. Wash bottles, clean pump
If mom is pumping, do her a favor and be the designated dishwasher. If she has to prepare and serve the meal, you should be ready for clean-up duty.
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7. Support nipslips
If she wants to whip out the boob and feed your child in public without a cover, then you say nothing. She is comfortable with breastfeeding in public, so support her and NEVER tell her to cover up.
8. Burp and change baby
This goes without saying. She fills him up. You empty him out. No matter how many spitups or poopy diapers it takes, just think… at least your nipples aren’t getting sucked raw.
9. Don’t pout when she says you can’t play with them
They are no longer your boobs. They belong to the kid. And it certainly doesn’t feel sexy when breastmilk is leaking out of her nips. Let it go, and just stare at her butt.
10. No questions asked
The day she wants to wean baby off nursing, you applaud her for what a great job she’s done no matter how long she breastfed for. Nursing a child in this day-and-age is hard, and she should be recognized for doing the best job she could.
What are some other ways dads can help with breastfeeding?
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