Breastfeeding Tips For Dads: How to Bond With A Breastfed Baby

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Newborns spend a lot of time eating and sleeping. If your partner is breastfeeding, you may feel a little left out, or as if you're not getting to participate in your baby's care. But taking care of your baby involves much more than just feeding, so there are many other ways for you to nurture and bond with your breastfed baby.

Hold Your Baby: You could just sit and hold your baby in your arms, or rock her and walk around with her.

Change Her Diapers: Before, during and after feedings, there will be plenty of diapers to change. And since the bowel movements of a breastfed baby are usually not as bad as those of a formula fed infant, you may not even mind changing the messy ones.

Help Your Partner: You can be a partner in breastfeeding by getting the nursing pillow ready, and helping your baby and the new mom get into a comfortable position. Stay with them during the feeding to help keep your baby awake.

Be The Burper: Burp your baby before she switches breasts, and just after she finishes her meal.

Give Him A Bath: Enjoy splashing and playing with your little one as you give him his bath.

Go For a Walk: Put your baby in a carrier or stroller and go out for some fresh air.

Have Some Fun: Spend time playing with your baby: get on the floor for a little tummy time, shake a rattle, try peek-a-boo or make some funny faces and noises.

As your baby gets older, playtime will become even more exciting.

Let Him Hear Your Voice: Talk or sing to your baby as you hold him, play with him, give him a bath or take him for a walk.

These are just some of the ways you can get involved with the care of your baby. As she grows, there will be so much more that you will be able to do.

And, of course, you will get to feed your baby eventually.

Once your baby is older and breastfeeding is well established, your wife or partner may return to work or have to be away from the baby on occasion. At that time, you can start giving your baby a bottle of expressed breast milk. Then, at about 6 months of age, your child will be ready for solid foods, and you'll be able to participate in those feedings, too.



American Academy of Pediatrics. New Mother’s Guide To Breastfeeding. Bantam Books. New York. 2011.

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