Whilst you are the only one who can feed the baby in the early days, dads/partners can still help through support and encouragement.
How can partner help me get through the difficult times?
Whether you have a smooth sailing breastfeeding journey or not, there will be a point when you need some support. Whether that be from your partner, your family or your friends. In the first few weeks, as you and baby are getting the hang of breastfeeding, lack of sleep and hormonal frustrations can make you feel like you no longer want to pursue breastfeeding. This is the point where your support network comes in. Even a quick suggestion to try one more time, or a quick reminder that once your past the first three weeks your babies feeds will begin to space out more can give you that extra push you need. They could even bring you a pillow, a glass of water or call the breastfeeding helpline and bring you the phone if you need that extra bit of support.
I don’t have a partner. Who is going to support me on my breastfeeding journey?
If you don’t have a support network, don’t worry, there are many others out there just like you, search on Facebook for breastfeeding support groups – you will find thousands of mums just like you all around the world. You can even search for a local group if you’d like to meet local mums. Attend local baby groups, they aren’t as scary as they may seem – I promise!
Don’t forget, we are here for you too. If you ever need some support, or you want help finding a group near you – please contact us. We are here to help you on your journey.