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