During the first few weeks of breastfeeding your role is going to be crucial. Mum needs to know that she’s not in this alone and it’s your job to give your partner support 24 hours a day without ever putting her under pressure. So make sure you know what you need to do and who you can turn to if things get tough.
You don't have to feed your baby to bond with it, so don't feel left out if mum's doing all the feeding. There are plenty of things you can help out with, from changing nappies to simply cooking mum her favourite meal.
- Being positive, patient and never suggesting mum gives up.
- Going to breastfeeding support groups with your partner.
- Being there at important times like first feeds and when the Health Visitor comes for the 10-day check up.
- Changing nappies, changing nappies and changing more nappies!
- Making toast for the 4am feed if mum is feeling peckish
- Giving baby their night-time bath.
- Remembering skin-to-skin contact is great for you to bond with baby too.
- Getting on with those DIY jobs
Support for all new parents. Lots of information, local groups, events and courses.
An information and breastfeeding support service for mothers. Have a look for a group near you.
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers provides information for about supporting breastfeeding mothers and nurturing infants.
Information for parents and practitioners.
NHS information guide on getting pregnant to having your child.
Parenting and Breastfeeding all evidence based. Pretty much every question you could think of.
Over 50 links to help parents with the health of their child age 0 to 18.