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Congratulations your partner has had a baby!  Having a baby is one of the most life changing experiences for both of you and being parents can also be one of the most rewarding.

If your partner has chosen to breastfeed you may wonder how you can help and where you fit in.  Always remember that your role is very important and you have so much to offer in supporting both your breastfeeding partner and your new baby.

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Why breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding gives your new baby the best possible start in life.  It is not just food and drink to your baby but contains special components that boost your baby's immune system too.  Breastfeeding is also very benefitial for the mother, it reduces their risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes.  The longer your partner breastfeeds the stronger the protection against serious illness and disease.

How can you support your breastfeeding partner?

You are a vital cog in the machine and can support your partner in a number of ways:

  • Ensure she is in a comfortable position whilst she is feeding - offer her a healthy snack or drink
  • Explain to well-wishers that your partner is breastfeeding and you both need time and space with your new arrival during those early days
  • Keep encouraging your partner - tell her how well she is doing - the more confident she gets the more likely she is to continue with breastfeeding
  • Help with household chores such as cooking, cleaning and shopping
  • Encourage your partner to rest as your baby rests - cook her a nice meal, run her a bath - make her feel special

How can I help with my new arrival?

Just because you are not feeding baby does not mean you cannot create special times and your own unique bond with your new arrival.  There are many things you can do together!

  • Bath time - enjoy bathing your new baby
  • Nappy changes - take time to talk and soothe your baby during changes
  • Go out and about - pop baby in a sling/pram and venture out for a walk together
  • Skin to skin contact - baby will enjoy being close to your skin too so enjoy that close time together
  • Massage - learn baby massage techiques to relax your baby
  • Wind your baby following a feed
  • Play and sing - enjoy 1-1 time with your baby

If your partner needs reassurance and your words are not enough - contact your health professional for more information or perhaps find the whereabouts of your local support group where she will be able to mix with other breastfeeding mothers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help

Cheshire East Residents only:

Cherubs Helpline     (9am - 5pm Mon - Fri):  03001234579

Leighton Hospital Crewe: 01270 612287

Macclesfield District General Hospital: 01625 661153

 

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