Dads and Breastfeeding

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Dads and Breastfeeding A father can play a very important role in the success of breastfeeding. He can offer support, encouragement, and confidence to a new mother. Ways that fathers can get involved include attending prenatal breastfeeding classes with an expectant mother, reading a book on breastfeeding, arranging pillows, and bringing a snack or a beverage for mom when breastfeeding. A father also can burp the baby, change diapers, massage mom's neck and shoulders encourage relaxation, and give baby a supplemental bottle. By sharing household responsibilities, caring for other children, shopping, and doing other tasks, he takes other pressures and interruptions away from mom.
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Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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