Far too often, men feel isolated when their partner exclusively breastfeeds their new child. Men may feel like they are not important or that they are not able to bond because they are not getting to feed their baby. Some men may even experience feelings of jealousy.
Fathers are vital to a new mother’s success in breastfeeding. While the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” bears truth, in this case, the support of a father to his partner’s breastfeeding is the most important. The “village” may support her but if he does not, she is at a greater risk of failure*. However, though the world may be against her, his support can be enough to see her through to success....
*Written from a mother who has breastfed, pumped and bottle fed, and formula fed.
Recently, my youngest and I participated in a breastfeeding study at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). My milk was evaluated for calories and fat count. As his pediatrician put it, I’m a Jersey! That is probably the only time anyone can call being compared to a cow as a compliment. In fact, I am so proud of that, I’d put it on a T-shirt! Between this study and several things I have seen on the news and social media, the benefits of breastfeeding have been more at the front of my mind. And not just breastmilk but the act of breastfeeding itself.