How Fathers can help in Breastfeeding?

How Fathers can help in Breastfeeding?

Parenting is not only the responsibility of a mother alone. It is equally a full-time responsibility for a father too. Fatherhood is no longer a Sunday celebration only, it is an everyday affair now. Today’s role as a father has come a long way from only a breadwinner to a co-parent and a nurturer. It is a beautiful and a welcome change if fathers could also help in breastfeeding. A father is no longer a distant role model who inspires his children from a tower. He now shares all the chores which include the upbringing of happy children.

Thanks to the loving fathers who are making a difference and becoming a torchbearer for their children.

bonding with a newborn baby

Dads feeling left out

A father is a leading player in the baby-making process, so why should he feel left out once the baby arrives! It is important for the father and baby to develop a bond. There are ways how a father could develop a bond with the newborn baby:

  • Talk to the baby during pregnancy, the unborn child hears the outside sounds. Baby will immediately recognize the father’s voice after birth.
  • Involve in visiting a doctor for regular check-ups, see the baby on the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat.
  • Hold the baby soon after the birth so that the baby gets aware of your touch, smell, and sound.
  • Involve in baby care such as bathing and nappy changing.
  • Start singing, talking and reading to your child.
  • Help in feeding baby – be it bottle feeding or breastfeeding.

Yes, you heard it right – fathers can also help in breastfeeding for baby connect. Breastfeeding is one of the most common ways of developing a bond with the newborn baby. So, why should only moms get this privilege, Fathers are equally entitled to the same.

Newborn baby boy in a basket

Here are the 8 ways to help your wife in breastfeeding:

  • Attend a lactation session after delivery to learn latching techniques and comfortable breastfeeding positions and holding skills.
  • Offer her the comfiest breastfeeding position, which gives proper support to her back.
  • Make sure she uses the breastfeeding pillow or just position a normal pillow beneath your baby so as to avoid the strain on her back.
  • Provide nursing mom a healthy snack or a drink while she gives feed to the baby. She needs to stay hydrated too along with breastfeeding diet.
  • Baby takes in the air while feeding, and needs to be burped. Help your baby in burping after every feed.
  • Usually, babies poop out after feeding, help in nappy changing.
  • Swaddle and put the baby to sleep after nursing is over. It will also give her time to relax and revive.
  • Give your partner a shoulder or foot massage while she is breastfeeding. It will not only relax her, but also prolactin is stimulated which is a milk-inducing hormone.

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Wish you a very Happy Parenting and Happy Baby Feeding!


Divya is a writer, who loves to read and write. She is a Company Secretary by profession. She is passionate about art, reading, writing, music, and creativity. She loves to do research on ‘Parenting’ and discover new things now and then. Her passion about positive parenting pushed her to write on ‘Wonder Parenting’. Her loving daughter, Vachie, helped her to dig deep and reach new heights on Parenting. She believes that ‘Parenting is Patience’ and shares her own journey to express that parenting approach differs for every individual.
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