If dads had a list of things to do the help mommy, would it be of value? If dads knew a little more about the baby’s feeding cues could it possibly help the breastfeeding outcome be much better than if he knew nothing about feedings?
The point that I am trying to make is that if dads were given the education needed to have the knowledge on the basics of breastfeeding, he might be a stronger support person than we once thought he could be.
The importance of dad going to childbirth classes and having practical material to study during mom’s pregnancy might help him develop the confidence needed to play a bigger role. Dad’s do have the ability to learn some of these basic skills, but he must also desire to do so!
Let’s give him the opportunity to go to every childbirth class, read all the material that mom’s read during and after childbirth, and give him access to resources in the community so that he can be key in the role of helping mom during the breastfeeding process and helping care for her when it is needed.