Caring for your breastfeeding partner
New breastfeeding mothers have a lot to deal with. It’s normal for your partner to feel anxious, tired and physically sore or uncomfortable. She will also be excited and happy about your new baby. Here are ways you can help and support her during breastfeeding:
- Look for practical ways to care for your partner while she’s breastfeeding. Offer to bring her a glass of water, give her another support pillow if she needs one, or remove distractions like older siblings, or pets.
- Carry your baby to your partner in bed for night feeds (if you are not co-sleeping) and settle them back to sleep if you need to. This will be a big help to your partner.
- Be patient if your partner doesn’t feel like being intimate with you. She’s probably tired, sore and distracted from feeding, carrying and settling your baby many times a day. Her body may not have recovered from the delivery yet, as it can take some months to feel like things are returned to normal.
- Encourage your partner to drink plenty of water, she needs it to keep up her milk support. Make sure there’s plenty of healthy food at home for her to eat. Breastfeeding will make her hungry and thirsty.
- Take on the extra housework, and try to make sure you’re home as much as possible to do things like cooking and washing. Paternity leave is becoming more common with employers. If you can do household chores, it means your partner doesn’t have to worry about this as well as the baby.
How to help with a breastfeeding baby
Although you’re not the one breastfeeding your baby, there are many ways you can help out with your baby and nurture the bond between you:
- Carry your baby in a sling or baby carrier, or just hold your baby. Cuddling skin to skin can help settle your baby and bond with your baby.
- Bath and massage your baby. This can be soothing for your baby and a great time for bonding between you.
- Settle your baby. This might be easier for you than your breastfeeding partner. When your baby is fussy, the smell of milk on your partner can make your baby search for her breasts instead of calming down.
- Change the baby’s nappies.
- Bottle feed your baby expressed breastmilk occasionally. This might be something you do after 1-2 months, when your partner has an established breastfeeding routine.
Things you may need:
- Get a Bubbalog breastfeeding diary (see below)
- If you need a sleep aid, consider a Lulla Doll for your little one.
- Baby carriers work wonders for breastfeeding mums.
- Breastfeeding cookies work wonders to increase milk supply. Read below or read Kelly’s article on the ingredients here
- Invest in a breastfeeding support pillow
Above all, let your partner know she is doing a great job and that you appreciate her and her efforts. Help her continue as long as possible to do the best for your baby’s health and wellbeing.
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