Blogger and Instagram influencer The Honest Dad shares his tips on how dads can help support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding isn’t something I’m able to do. Being a dad means that you have to watch from the proverbial sidelines and trust me, it can be a frustrating process to watch. Breastfeeding is amazing, but it is by no means a walk in the park and no matter what everyone says, it’s tough. At NCT, we were told breastfeeding wouldn’t and shouldn’t hurt. Ever. Of course in our naivety, we didn’t really even question it…the reality is keeping a human alive can be a real challenge for both mum and dad.
There were times in the first few weeks where I literally hung my head in utter despair – I was at my wits end with how much breastfeeding had impacted my wife. As a dad, you have one true role in the process: support your partner – no time for self-pity. At 3.46am on the 24th (seemingly 24,000th) consecutive night of pain, being “supportive” is easier said than done. Here are a few things I found eased the pressure on my wife (a bit):
4) Communicate with your partner!
One of the biggest things that helped my wife was talking about what was going on. She had mastitis
and a few other complications in the first month. These conditions are painful and they need to be treated appropriately. Dads – listen to your partners and do your research. Help them out by trying to be knowledgeable when you can and if not, at least listen and give your partner some time. Think, do you need to take them to the GP? Is it a matter of getting some lanolin cream? Would a hot bath help? Listen carefully, you can be of more help than you realise by just being understanding.
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