Common sense dictates that fathers are not equipped with breasts. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t contribute to breastfeeding babies. Obviously, father’s roles in breastfeeding is not direct. However, encouraging and supporting breastfeeding can do a lot for a growing baby.
The benefits of breastfeeding babies are well established in various studies. For a few decades, experts have been encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their children. From 6 months onwards, they can be supplemented with solids and other nutritious foods.
Regardless, people commonly disregard the importance of father’s involvement in breastfeeding. They can do lots of things to encourage mother and ensure their baby is well-fed. This article will point out father’s role in ensuring breastfeeding
Setting the tone for breastfeeding babies
Breastfeeding campaigns can go so far without the support from fathers. This is important especially in terms of creating a positive atmosphere and ideal locality to breastfeed your child. Factors such as education level and his view in promoting positive health development would affect his attitude towards breastfeeding babies.
Whether an endorsement is given, usually the mother’s motivation to breastfeed exceeded the need for a father to persuade mothers to breastfeed their babies. However, simply letting your partner breastfeed your child could yield different outcomes compared to a father who creates a positive environment for a mother to breastfeed.
We’re talking about the probability that you could’ve gotten based on different sets of breastfeeding scenarios.
Encouragement and support can do wonders
Pregnancy and delivery has taken so much emotional and physical tolls on mothers. They are exhausted, worry about work, uncomfortable and emotionally unstable for the moment. New mothers usually have their own ability to care for their newborn.
This situation in which a ‘helpless’ mother is trying to care for a ‘helpless newborn’ creates an environment with a higher level of stress. Fortunately, father’s roles in breastfeeding could remedy that. Compliments, praises and words of encouragement can bolster mothers’ motivation to breastfeed their child.
However, this task can be quite difficult. This is especially true when the mother felt confuse, discourage and exhausted. A father should know how to encourage their partners.
Whether it is a highly-spirited words of encouragement like “Don’t give up”, “You can do it!” or praises “Good job, you’ve done your best”, a father should know when to utilize which word in order to garner up spirit.
Father’s roles in offering help for breastfeeding babies
There are a lot of things that a father can do to help nurture his child with breastfeed. They can bring the baby to their wives when the baby is hungry. Husbands can make their wives foods and drinks while they are breastfeeding. They can also offer to put the baby back in the bassinet once they’ve fallen asleep.
With so many things to do, it’s a mystery why fathers often left out when it comes to breastfeeding babies. They can sacrifice their times during holidays to take care of their child. We know that everyone should have a nice proper rest during their own off time but consider your own wife.
They have to work and once they’re home, they need to cook and take care of your baby. The only time that they can rest and have some times for themselves is when they are asleep. You can remedy that by taking care of your baby during weekends while letting your wife rest,
Build your relationship with the baby
The bond between your child and their mother is naturally the strongest. However, it doesn’t mean you (the father) is not important. You have to establish your relationship with your child especially at the earliest stage of their development.
I can’t really emphasize much regarding the importance of having a father for a child. Regardless, a lot of father-deprived kids went through difficulties in establishing a healthy emotional and psychological growth without their fathers.
In America, nearly 40% children have little to no contact with their fathers. Various studies have linked fatherless children with the tendency to commit crime, violence and drug abuse. They have no real life example that they can relate themselves to.
This is why fathers serve as an important example for your children while they were growing. They play an essential role in encouraging breastfeeding among newborns.
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