Breastfeeding is one of the experiences that dads don’t have, but they are still a part of the breastfeeding team. Breastfeeding can be difficult, and though it’s natural, sometimes it feels like a mom just can’t do it right. She is going to need her partner more than ever to help her get through the difficulties and discomfort that comes with breastfeeding a new baby.
Feeding Times Are Crazy
Aside from the soreness of breastfeeding and childbirth, new moms sleep less. New dads do as well, but moms need to be up every two hours to feed the new family addition. That doesn’t include the time she will spend awake worrying about every little hiccup your new little one will make.
Dads, we know that you work and come home tired, and that the new baby is going to wake you up as well. It doesn’t take much to help your new mom around the house. Try doing one chore per evening that she would normally do. Make sure she gets the rest she needs as well as plenty of fluids.
Breastfeeding leaves most women sensitive under the best of circumstances. The worst circumstances in breastfeeding can leave a women swollen, sore, and with painful cracking. While your spouse may have enjoyed a random squeeze every now and then before the baby, it may not be appreciated after the baby. I’m not saying that it has to be a complete hands off policy, but at least ask before shaking hands with the gals. Gentleness while hugging is greatly appreciated as well.
Breastfeeding is more than just a bonding experience. It is the most easy diet for you new little one to digest, is filled with antibodies, and protects your baby against infection. At the very least it is much less expensive than formula. Be sure to remind your new mommy of your gratitude for her dedication to your new little one’s health.