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Supporting your partner with breastfeeding

Congratulations, you are going to be a parent. Naturally, you want the very best for your new child. You probably want to be fully involved with the care of your new baby and may be wondering how best to help. Many new parents decide to breastfeed their baby, and you may want to learn more about breastfeeding. 

How can I help my breastfeeding partner? 

Dads and partners have a very important part to play in helping with the new baby: 

  • Changing baby’s nappy, bathing baby, winding & settling baby after feeds. 
  • By doing practical things like cleaning, cooking, washing, shopping, just making a cup of tea or holding baby while she has a bath will go a long way. 
  • Looking after any older children is often helpful too. 
  • Encourage your partner to ask for help if things don’t seem to be right. 
  • At least an hour of skin contact with your baby every day will help you bond and form a close relationship with your baby. 

Find out more information about supporting your family with breastfeeding.

Be positive about your partner’s breastfeeding: tell her she is doing a good job and that you are proud of her!