Breast Feeding is not an easy feat and is definitely hard to get use to. There were so many times in the first month of Oliver's life that I wanted to quit breastfeeding. If it wasn't for my husband constantly helping me to not feel alone in the feeding process, I might have given up. I am so thankful for his help and adore breastfeeding now! If you are blessed enough to have a support system at home while breastfeeding, here are some ways that they can help you out.
1. Keeping you hydrated and fed
I have this one on here first, because it is the most important. You have to consume extra calories and extra water while breastfeeding, but who has time for that. Domenic makes sure I always have water by the bed, and brings me snacks while Oliver eats.
2. Entertaining the baby while you pump
Even with an electric pump, pumping usually requires both hands. If dad can take the baby while you pump, the process is easier and quicker.
3. Burping the baby
When I just spent 30 minutes breastfeeding, I usually want to sleep, eat, go to the bathroom... anything but burp the baby! I felt bad constantly asking Dom to burp Oliver, but one day he said "I can't help feed our son, but burping him is my way of being apart of taking care of his needs". I love him so much! While he burps Oliver, I take a few minutes to put my clothes back on and feel like a human being again.
4. Providing entertainment while you are feeding
I probably spend about 4 hours a day breastfeeding. Talk about getting bored... If Dom is around when I start to breastfeed he gets the computer set up with a TV show, brings me my phone, sits and tells me jokes, or badgers me with his new song creations (a daily occurrence usually set to the tune of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song...). Either way, he helps keep me entertained and laughing!
5. Making sure baby is changed during the night
Especially when I have been up feeding multiple times during the night, Domenic never complains when I ask him to change the baby. He always pops right out of bed and starts soothing him. This gives me time to wake myself up and get ready to feed Oliver.
Not everyone has a support system at home while breastfeeding. If you do, don't forget to thanks them for everything that they do.
How does your LO's dad help you breastfeed?
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