May 2, 2016


Most expectant fathers know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. Breast milk contains the perfect blend of nutrients and provides babies with a wide range of health benefits. Plus, breastfeeding is free, requires no preparation or cleanup, and is a great way for a mother to bond with her baby.
But a lot of new fathers find that their feelings about breastfeeding change after the baby comes. It's not that dads don't support breastfeeding and its benefits – it's just that the whole experience makes them feel a little left out.

Coping with feelings of inadequacy
"Breastfeeding continues the exclusive relationship the mother and infant experienced during pregnancy," For dads of breastfed babies, it's common to feel some or all of the following:
    -Worry that you'll have a harder time bonding and developing a relationship with your baby than your partner will
    -A sense of inadequacy, thinking that nothing you do for your child could ever compare to your partner's contribution
    -Resentment of the baby who has physically "come between" you and your partner
    -Belief that because women breastfeed, they have knowledge and skills that automatically make them better parents
Five ways to make breastfeeding better for everyone
There's no doubt about it: Feeding is one of the most important aspects of caring for an infant. And that means that if your partner is breastfeeding, you may be at a bit of a disadvantage.
But you don't have to back off just because she's got the food supply taken care of. Studies show that the more supportive their partners are, the longer women breastfeed and the more confident they feel about their ability to do so.
So while it may sound strange, dads have a very important role to play in breastfeeding. Here are a few specific ways you can help:
    -Be supportive and thoughtful. Breastfeeding is hard work, so take on your partner's chores and help out whenever you can. When she's breastfeeding, bring her a pillow or a glass of water, or offer to burp your baby when he's done eating.
    -Make sure to get a lot of skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Cuddling, bathing, and reading in a chair while your baby naps on your chest are all great relationship builders. (But not when you smoke or have alcohol in your breathe) And they'll give you and your little one a chance to bond in similar ways to the physical closeness breastfeeding brings.
    -Spend plenty of time just hanging out with your baby. Take him for walks in the stroller, put him in a sling or carrier and go grocery shopping, or play on the floor together. This will give you and your baby a chance to be alone, and the more this happens, the more confident you'll feel about your own abilities as a parent.
    -Bottle-feed your baby with breast milk. If expressing milk manually or with a pump works for Mom, you can introduce your baby to a bottle and start taking over at feeding times. (Before you start bottle-feeding, wait until your baby is at least 4 weeks old so that breastfeeding is well established. You want to give your baby a chance to get completely comfortable with nursing on a real breast first.)
    -Try not to take it personally if your baby seems less than interested in taking a bottle from you at first. Plastic nipples, like real ones, come in all shapes and sizes. So you may have to do a little experimenting before you and your baby discover the kind he likes best.
    -Be patient if your partner seems less interested in sex. She may feel all "touched out" from nursing your baby, and because nursing women have lower amounts of estrogen, she may have less vaginal lubrication. This can cause uncomfortable or painful intercourse. So instead of assuming that your partner isn't aroused by you anymore, stock up on a good water-based lubricant for when she is in the mood.


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