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Dads can help too


Dads can get involved in caring for their baby in lots of ways. Breastfeeding is only one of the many ways you can care for your new baby.

  • Cuddles are really important and a good way of building your relationship with your baby

  • There may be a small amount of wind after a feed so sitting your baby upright or resting baby’s head on your shoulder may help

  • Taking your baby out for a walk in the pram will give you time to get to know them

  • Bath time can be lots of fun and dads are really good at this

  • Changing your baby’s nappy or just talking and playing with your baby while he is on the changing mat will help you to get closer

  • Dads are particularly good at getting baby off to sleep

  • You can help by making your partner a sandwich or simple meal and ensuring she has plenty of drinks throughout the day particularly when she sits down to breastfeed

  • Help your partner by sharing the load with some of the household chores

  • Doing any of the things listed above can give your partner a break

  • Your partner will find it easier to breastfeed if she is free from stress so try to take things easy, don’t worry about “getting back to normal”

  • Making sure you, your partner and your baby doesn’t have more visitors than she can cope with

  • The more support you give your partner the longer she is likely to breastfeed, and this is good for baby and mu

    Extra information on how dads can help

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