Breastfeeding and your Partner
Breastfeeding benefits everyone who is a part of your baby’s life. If you have decided to primarily use formula instead of breastfeeding, remember that any amount of breastfeeding at the beginning of your child’s life is important! If you are unable, be sure to follow the specific instructions from your doctor and formula brand on safety, feeding amounts, and feeding frequency. It’s vital to feed your growing baby just enough–not too much OR too little!
Breastfed babies have fewer doctor visits and hospital stays, making parenting easier. Nighttime feedings are simple when there is no formula to mix, measure, or warm. And, breastfed babies are portable- good news for Latino families on the go!
Hints for partners, especially fathers:
- Learn all you can about breastfeeding
- Help with positioning, burping, and diapering
- Let your partner know you are proud of her
- Spend time alone each day with your baby- go for a walk, splash in the tub during bath time, sing, dance, or read together
- If your partner is pumping milk, offer to bottle feed baby at night or during the day to give the mommy a much-deserved break
- Spend time alone each week with your partner
Breastfeeding does take time and energy, especially during the first few weeks of your baby’s life. New mom’s, let your partner know how much you need their support as you both learn to care for your baby. If you plan on returning to work, discuss options with your employer for a nursing room to pump while you’re at work.
WIC is more help for Mom’s …
Breastfeeding promotion and support, along with nutritious food services, are available through WIC — The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. You can get referrals to health and other social services as well. And best of all these services are provided to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC is a Federal grant program for which Congress authorizes a specific amount of funding each year for program operations. The Food and Nutrition Service, which administers the program at the Federal level, provides these funds to WIC State agencies (State health departments or comparable agencies) to pay for WIC foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and administrative costs. Read more at nutrition.gov