It can be difficult for parents to feel equally involved in their child's life when one parent is breastfeeding. The other parent may feel left out or like they are not able to contribute as much. However, there are ways for the non-breastfeeding parent to be more involved in their child's life.
Here are five ways your partner can help with breastfeeding.
1. Get your partner involved from the start.
The best way to get your partner involved in breastfeeding is to start immediately. Then, when pregnant, have them read up on the subject and attend breastfeeding classes with you. This way, they'll be just as prepared as you are when the time comes.
2. Let them help out.
Many things need to be done when breastfeeding, from pumping to sterilizing equipment. Let your partner help out with some of these tasks so they can feel involved in the process.
Another way your partner can help is by feeding the baby breast milk from a bottle. This is an excellent option for nighttime feedings and gives you much-needed rest. Plus, it's a beautiful way for the other parent to bond with the baby.
3. Encourage them to bond with baby
One of the best ways for your partner to bond with the baby is to hold and cuddle them while you breastfeed. This skin-to-skin contact benefits both baby and dad and will help your partner feel more connected to the breastfeeding experience.
4. Talk about it.
Talk to your partner about how breastfeeding is going. Discuss any challenges you're facing and ask for their support. This open communication will help them understand what you're going through and how they can best help you.
5. Seek out their advice.
If you're having trouble breastfeeding or just looking for some advice, don't be afraid to ask your partner. They may not be medical professionals, but they probably have some excellent insights that can help you.
Breastfeeding can be a trying experience for new mothers, but it doesn't have to be. With your partner's help, you can make it through this time and emerge more vital than ever. These five ways your partner can help with breastfeeding will make the experience more bearable and, hopefully, more enjoyable. So give them a try and see how they work for you.
I highly encourage you to ask for help when needed and to reach out to a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding support if you have any questions or concerns.