Life DOES go on, after the Baby Comes!
But it’s quite different, and has challenges. What an adjustment, for all of you!
Here are some thoughts from the staff of Loudoun Community Midwives– DADS!
Your wife/partner will need your support in many ways throughout her pregnancy, as well as labor and delivery. But once you are back home, your support role is equally as important as she adjusts to breastfeeding and being the food source for your baby.
Women who have support from their partners breastfeed their babies longer. And…. Breastfeeding a baby in the first year of life will save the family enough money for a major appliance!
The mama may have the food supply taken care of, but there are ways Dads can help her feel supported and confident. It can be exhausting to be the food source for a baby, so:
- Encouraging her to keep up the good work & helping do tasks around the house so she can focus on breastfeeding can go a long way.
- Never has a man unloading the dishwasher or folding a load of laundry looked so attractive!
- Her milk supply will benefit from keeping hydrated, so bring her water and a comfortable pillow while breastfeeding.
- She may want to try and pump some breast milk during the day, and you can help with midnight feeding with the breast milk in a bottle.
- Give her a break by bathing the baby, or helping make sure the diaper bag is stocked for your next outing.
- Taking walks with your baby frequently, and reading to them is another great way to bond. Giving her a little time to herself will restore her energy, and allow you all to enjoy this very special time together!
By Michelle & Andrew Lopresti, 2x LCM parents, and Loudoun Community Midwives Staff!