As many couples know, breastfeeding can really be a team effort. Assistance and support should never be in short supply. If your partner is beginning her breastfeeding journey, learn how you can help out with some tips from Carilion Clinic and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.
Learn about breastfeeding:
- Ask to be included in discussion with health care providers about breastfeeding. This should start before your baby is born.
- Attend a breastfeeding class with your partner.
- Locate a support group for partners in your area.
Support your partner:
- Limit the number of visitors in the first weeks of your baby’s life. Your partner may feel overwhelmed and will appreciate the private time to adjust to the new baby.
- Help out with household chores such as food preparation, garbage/diaper disposal and cleaning.
- Support your partner’s goals with breastfeeding and help her get support if she is having trouble.
Provide comfort for your partner and your baby:
- Make sure your partner is comfortable while breastfeeding and has had enough to eat and drink. Provide a tray of snacks and water that she can reach.
- Talk, sing and hum to your baby in a soft, calm voice. Use eye contact.
- Bond with your baby by giving baths, practicing skin-to-skin contact, wearing your baby in a baby-carrier and learning techniques to gently massage your baby.
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