Ok, maybe not exactly. But now that you've clicked.... while we know that fathers are not equipped with breasts, there's still a LOT that dad can do to support successful breastfeeding.
Here’s 5 things that dad can do right now:
1. Be a cheerleader and play some defense:
Cheer mom on: A well-timed ‘let’s try that again,’ or ‘that’s amazing!’ can be invaluable.
Be a great defender: Head off discouragement and deflect negative comments from friends, relatives, and in-laws.
2. Calm a fussy baby:
Once baby has nursed her fill, dad can take over and burp the baby.
3. Spend time with baby so mom can rest:
Hang out: Cuddle, play on the floor, and relax in a chair while baby naps on dad’s chest.
Go out: Take baby for a walk in a stroller, a sling or a carrier.
and Help out: Burp, Bathe, and put baby down for her nap.
4. Be a breastfeeding concierge:
Bring mom food and drink while she is breastfeeding.
Bring nursing pillows to position baby and make mom comfy.
Bring mom her phone so she can (virtually) meet her (EmmaWell) lactation consultant.
5. Feed baby:
Bottle-feed baby with breast milk and take over some feeding times (if expressing milk manually or with a pump works for mom). This can also help mom get ready to go back to work!
We hope this helps and we wish you all the best. Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
With warmth and wellness,
Your EmmaWell Team