The Benefits of Breastfeeding for Dads or Partners

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You may have heard or read about the many ways that children and even mothers benefit from nursing, but did you know that there are benefits of breastfeeding for partners, too? Here are some of the advantages of breastfeeding that you can enjoy.

Breastfeeding can save you money. When your partner chooses to breastfeed, you do not have to buy thousands of dollars worth of formula, bottles, nipples, and bottle liners.

Going out will require less effort. When you leave the house with your family, there is less for you to carry: you don't have to bring all the feeding supplies that a bottle-fed baby needs, and you won't have to worry about finding a place to warm a bottle while you're away from home. Breast milk is always available and ready to be delivered at the perfect temperature.

Night feedings are easier. You will not have to prepare bottles in the middle of the night or run out to the store because you ran out of formula. You may not even have to get up at all.

Diaper changes are not that bad. The baby poop of a breastfed infant is less offensive than that of a formula-fed baby, so diaper duty is a little more pleasant.

Exclusive breastfeeding can be a natural form of birth control. During the first six months after your baby's birth only, if your partner breastfeeds around the clock (every 4 hours during the day and at least every 6 hours at night), never supplements with formula, and her period has not yet returned, the chances of another pregnancy are very low.

This method provides no protection from STIs, however.

Breastfeeding is healthy for your family. You can feel good knowing that your baby will be getting a variety of health and developmental benefits from breastfeeding, which benefits the mother of your child as well. These health benefits last even after breastfeeding has ended, so ultimately, you will have a healthier family and lower overall healthcare costs throughout the years.


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

Lawrence, Ruth A., MD, Lawrence, Robert M., MD. Breastfeeding A Guide For The Medical Profession Sixth Edition.  Mosby. Philadelphia. 2005.

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