7 ways your partner can help with breastfeeding

partners role with breastfeedingWe’re in this together – so have you thought what is your partners role with breastfeeding?

Here are some suggestions on ways how you can help your partner find their own special role with breastfeeding your child.

The majority of what is written and what is spoken about in regards to a new baby focuses on the new mother and the infant. But where does this leave her partner and their role with breastfeeding?

Research shows that the biggest determining factor in whether a mother will have a successful breastfeeding relationship with her baby is the attitude and support of her partner or significant support person.

But how can this be? Surely breastfeeding is something between the mother and her baby?

So what can others do to help her breastfeed?

Here are some ideas for starters:

1. Be informed

Learn about breastfeeding together. An ABA Breastfeeding Education Class (BEC) is a great way to do this.

2. Be prepared

Prepare for changes. The mother has just gone through the most major event of her life. Life will never be the same again – body changes, hormonal changes, emotional changes.

3. Be there

If you are able, take some holidays from work or study in the early days of the baby’s life.

4. Be supportive

Encourage your partner. Tell her how well she is going feeding the baby. Don’t undermine her confidence by offering to feed the baby a bottle. If she needs someone to talk to, encourage her to call the Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268.

5. Be protective

Protect the breastfeeding relationship by keeping the visitors to a minimum, answering the phone calls and deflecting any unwanted comments from unhelpful relatives (no matter how good their intentions!).

6. Be helpful

Take the pressure off your loved one by organising meals, keeping the washing up to date and allowing her to rest as much as possible.

7. Be available

Available for your baby. Nappy changes, bath time, burping, reading a story, going for a walk, are all ways for you to get to know your baby.

To speak from my heart and my home, I have the most wonderful partner in my husband, Guy.
We have six beautiful children aged from three and a half to to 16. I once asked Guy what the one thing about breastfeeding was that he wished all partners knew. His response: ‘That breastmilk is like high octane fuel in your car and anything else is like using dirty fuel’. Isn’t that just like a man?

Further Information:

 

  • Read more about partner support for breastfeeding here

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