Breastfeeding Dad : Role of the Father in Breastfeeding

As oxymoronish as it may sound hear me out.
The first week of August is celebrated as the #breastfeedingweek . Why celebrate something as natural as feeding your baby in the first place ? According to the study by UNICEF only 1% of the children are exclusively breast fed upto 6 months of age. There are various factors that impact exclusive feeding in babies but simple familial support can go a long way in facilitating the health of our future generation.

As non-existent as the concept of a father’s role in breastfeeding may sound to Indian families one cannot disagree on its importance

A breastfeeding mother needs and deserves to be fully supported and the support of the father is the key to a successful breastfeeding relationship.

Dear men, this is where we #newmoms need you:

🌺 Setting the family tone: create a positive family atmosphere toward breastfeeding and counsel the grandparents about imposing on decisions like introducing formula everytime a baby cries and has birth spurts. Families no matter how well meaning should understand boundaries with a new mom and her baby.

🌺 Grow up: The baby isn’t replacing your love as a spouse though the mom is engrossed with them now. A father who views a baby’s continual presence as intrusive will subtly undermine breastfeeding. The father who naturally assumes that his baby will accompany the couple to restaurants, movies, dinner parties, and meetings has given breastfeeding his strong endorsement.

🌺Support and Encouragement: Virtually all new mothers experience doubts about their ability to care for a helpless newborn. Breastfeeding mothers harbor additional fears about the adequacy of their milk supply or the correctness of their breastfeeding. It’s important to tell them it’s ok. They are enough.

🌺Extra Help: Dad’s can change diaper they won’t faint. They can feed the baby expressed milk while moms sleep.They can calm down a crying baby when mom is tired and they can give the baby a bath.

🌺 Father hunger: the term given to a new born’s craving for paternal love and bonding. This adversely affects babies emotions and growth.

Dads have 9 months time to prepare for this. Read up and support a new mom in breastfeeding. Go to lactation classes during pregnancy and understand how you can help her. Support even when the mom feels too tired to carry on. Encourage them that is only for a few weeks. Soon they will get the hang of it and are going to ace this job.

This is the best gift you can give your newborn and your wife and it definitely brings the family closer. After all you both have a relationship beyond the baby.

Celebrate that!

This post is written for #blogchattera2z challenge

13 Comments Add yours

  1. You can change the diaper you won’t faint . Haha so true. Breastfeeding is not given all the importance that is due. A new mother who is already full of doubt is made to feel her milk isn’t enough. Very well brought out
    Deepika Sharma


  2. Harjeet Kaur says:

    Long Sigh! Wish I could go back in time and relive my motherhood.I was 19 and had a painful time breastfeeding after a Caesarean.It was always a tussle between my son and me .Wish all father’s were supportive


  3. pythoroshan says:

    Creating a positive atmosphere, above all else, is the key. Be a helpful half instead of demanding the new mom deal with everything.


  4. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Yes breastfeeding is challenging for new moms.and fathers can help a lot in this journey. making a positive atmosphere and providing a support and encouragement can make a huge difference for moms to passing through this stage peacefully.


  5. This post is must for newbie dads. Not many understand the difficulty a mom goes through in terms of societal taboo with respect o breast feeding.


  6. I totally agree that if men support women during her parenting journey it makes a lot of difference .This is the best gift they can give to their wife

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  7. Breastfeeding definitely needs a supportive partner to make it successful. This definitely should reach the new gen dads


  8. Navita Bhatia says:

    Hope this inspiring post is able to motivate every father out there to create a positive atmosphere, support the new mum, understand her feelings and offer his unconditional affection and help during this period.


  9. Pr@Gun says:

    Hope this motivates dads and helps create awareness as well as an atmosphere for healthy & happy breastfeeding. Fathers have better roles to play except just being fathers by name. Great post.


  10. So true! It becomes the responsibility of a dad too to spend a Lil time with the little one. it makes the bond between the dad-child relation, whereas a new mother also relaxes for some time.


  11. Archana says:

    Recalling all the challenges I faced during breastfeeding, Yes, I strongly support the thought that the father and the whole family’s support matters a lot to smoothen the phase—a Must-read post for all the soon-to-be fathers and newly become fathers.


  12. daisybala says:

    Fathers come to the forefront and spearhead parenthood- I completely endorse this idea and this post about breastfeeding with fathers engagement POV is ground breaking! Well done!


  13. daisybala says:

    Fathers come to the forefront and take parenthood to a new realm! I strongly endorse your thought and this post about breastfeeding from fathers POV is breaking all barriers! Well done


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