Naturally, moms are involved in many vital aspects of caring for a new baby and the bond between mother and baby is a powerful, beautiful thing. Dads can have a special and unique bond with their little ones as well, and there are a million ways to play an important role in a baby’s day-to-day care. We love hearing about the different ways fathers support breastfeeding because of just how important encouragement and understanding from friends, family, and loved ones is to breastfeeding success. Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re taking a moment to reflect on all the wonderful ways that dads can help support the breastfeeding journey and take an active role in the shared joy of parenthood.
It’s not just for mom – a great way for dads to bond with their baby is to share some special skin-to-skin time. To do this, simply have dad hold baby against his bare chest and drape a blanket over baby’s body. Skin-to-skin contact can have a calming effect because your little one gets to hear a soothing heartbeat and feel the warmth of dad’s skin.
Create a Special Routine
Bath time and diaper time are both great opportunities for dads to spend time playing and bonding with their little ones. Your baby can also enjoy a walk in the stroller, sling, or carrier with dad.
Hold Down the Fort
Dads can be a big help with running interference on visitors and making sure everything is going smoothly at home. In the early days, you might be overwhelmed with friends and family who are eager to meet your little one, but dads can help manage phone calls so you have plenty of time to savor those first precious moments and get to know your new baby. Simply making a healthy snack or filling up your water bottle while you breastfeed can be a big help, too – and free you up to focus on what’s important.
If it’s important to your baby’s father, they can also participate in feeding by giving baby your expressed breast milk (after breastfeeding has been well-established, usually about 3-4 weeks). This is just one of the many reasons why moms may choose to pump and feed in addition to (or in place of) feeding at the breast.
What does your little one’s father do to help support your breastfeeding journey and care for baby? Share with us in the comments below.