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How Dads Can Provide Support for Breastfeeding Moms

March 6, 2018

What can dads of breastfed babies do to support moms?

Really, the only thing dads and caregivers can't do is breastfeed. Everything else - from soothing and playing with the baby to changing diapers - is a win, win, win: rewarding for the baby, satisfying for dad and caregivers, and can be a great help to mom.

What can moms do to help dads feel more involved?

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Let them know how they can help you breastfeed more comfortably. Enlist their help and ask them to bring you water or a snack, or adjust your pillow while you are nursing.

Encourage your partner to build their own relationship with the baby and bond with them as much as they can. Skin-to-skin time with both parents is important and very beneficial.

Supporting each other through this journey can help strengthen a couple's relationship and create a positive effect in the household for the family.

- Molly Peterson, Lansinoh lactation consultant



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