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Make Dad a part of breastfeeding

by Nikki Montgomery

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I was afraid that would exclude my husband. I signed us up for the breastfeeding class at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. You're probably wondering why I'd drag my husband along with me to a class about something only I can do, but it was a really good idea. Not only did we both learn how breastfeeding works and why I should do it, but we also learned how he can be a part of it.

  • Support from Dads is huge. Without my husband's support and praise I wouldn't have stuck with it as long as I did.
  • Dads can change diapers and burp baby. While I was getting settled in and ready to nurse, my husband changed my daughter's diaper. He'd sit with me even if it was a midnight feeding and burp her when it was time. It was the first time he and I truly felt like a parenting team.
  • When it comes to feeding in public, it's nice to have Dad around to help shield you. The nursing aprons are so nice, but it's hard to get the baby latched on when you can't see them so it's nice to have dad hold out the apron so you can see for a moment.

When I was pregnant with the twins I was nervous about how breastfeeding would be possible. I signed us up for the class again even though we'd taken it less then two years earlier. I'm glad I did because the techniques are different for feeding twins and it really takes some assistance from Dad to make it work. In fact when the babies are really small it is so much easier when there are two people to get them latched on.

Breastfeeding is a lot of work, but the bond you create with your little one makes it worth it. The other perks include saving money and not having to pack bottles and formula every time you go out the door.

Breastfeeding leads to healthier babies, because baby gets antibodies from mom to help fight off sickness. Breastfeeding has also been linked to higher IQ scores, lower risk of childhood obesity and diabetes.

Besides all the benefits to baby there are also benefits to breastfeeding mothers. The one most mom's really like is that it burns extra calories so you lose the baby weight faster. It also releases a hormone that causes the uterus to shrink faster and may reduce bleeding after birth. Studies also show that it reduces your risk for breast and uterine cancer.

Benefits for Dad, saving money and not having to mix formula and warm up bottles.

If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding I recommend you and your partner take the breastfeeding class. There's one coming up on July 10th. Or you can check the calendar of events for other dates that might work out better for you. Click the link below.

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