5 Ways Dads Help Moms with Breastfeeding
1. BRING THE BABY TO MOM
It’s the middle of the night, your newborn if hungry. If you’re not co-sleeping (highly recommend you do), one really helpful thing dads can do is bring baby to mom. If he’s fussy, calming him and soothing him with make it easier for her to feed him. It’s very difficult to feed your baby while they are screaming. OK try it. Scream and yell and try to get food to stay in your mouth long enough to eat. See….
2. BRING HER WATER & A SNACK
Moms who breastfeed need should increase their caloric intake by 500 calories. In addition, hydration is very important. Since baby’s eating she might as well eat too! Preferably something that can be consumed with one hand;, unless you plan on feeding her dad
3. HELP HER GET COMFORTABLE
If mom is in a comfortable position she can breastfeed for a longer period of time which may relate to more sleep for you! Help prop her up with pillows. Ask her if she needs her nursing pillow, or any pillow to support her back. If she’s not nursing in bed and instead using a char, make sure she has a small stool to prop up her legs. This helps with bringing her lap up and making it less stressful on her back to feed.
4. PUT BABY BACK TO BED
Once baby is nice and full. You can help mom by burping baby, changing his diaper if it’s dirty, and putting him back to bed. This way, everyone goes back to sleep together. She’ll love you for it and you’ll feel wonderful knowing you’re playing an active role even though you can’t physically feed the baby.
5. SUPPORT HER
No matter how long she decides to breastfeed, please support her. Please applaud her for the great job she did. Exclusive breastfeeding is very difficult in this day and age with all its demands.