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Helping the Breastfeeding Mother

For Father, Family, and Friends
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian

The father, family and friends can play a very important role in the success of breastfeeding, by offering support, encouragement, and assistance with household tasks and errands. When others ask, "How can I help?", be ready with this list of ideas, perfect for hanging on the refrigerator.
  • Change diapers
  • Give the baby a bath
  • Burp the baby
  • Rock the baby
  • Comfort and cuddle the baby
  • Play with the baby
  • Do shopping
  • Prepare a meal
  • Do the dishes
  • Do the laundry
  • Clean a room
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Care for the other children
  • Care for the pets
  • Answer telephone calls
  • Entertain visitors
  • Run errands
  • Give mom a shoulder and neck massage
  • Enable mom to rest, recover and breastfeed

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Member Comments About this Article
"I cant really realate to this just yet, for the simple fact that me and my babys father are living in a hotel just miles away from the hospital. My son was born at 30 weeks gestation so he is in the NICU. With it just being us here and none of my other family members he is being great as in getting me coffee in the am, rubbing my feet and claves ( im not even preggers anymore) trying to do all he can to make me comfy with the entire situation. I guess what im trying to express is that he is try..." -- KNAPPJUDY
"How come we should wait 4 weeks before introducing a bottle even if its breast milk...getting rest is also important and travel can be tuff ..." -- LYNNHQUINN
"Even though I am breastfeeding, I involve my husband by pumping and letting him feed her by bottle. It works out nice because he gets to feed her also. A bottle should not be introduced though until baby is 4 weeks old." -- BUBBLETTE5
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
Becky Hand


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