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Dads and Breast-feeding

Reviewed by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN
Dads and Breast-Feeding

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A father can play a very important role in the success of breast-feeding. He can offer support, encouragement and confidence to a new mother. 

Ways that fathers can get involved include attending prenatal breast-feeding classes with an expectant mother, reading a book on breast-feeding, arranging pillows, and bringing a snack or a beverage for mom when breast-feeding.

A father also can burp the baby, change diapers, massage mom's neck and shoulders encouraging relaxation, and bring baby to mom when baby is hungry. If mom is away and has pumped breast milk ahead of time, dad can bottle feed the baby.

Ask your partner how you can help decrease her stress. This may include taking over more of the household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. When she is breast-feeding, ask if you can bring her anything and be sure to look after other children so that breast-feeding time is uninterrupted.