Breastfeeding gives me a creepy feeling.
My wife is eight months pregnant. She plans on breastfeeding our baby. The whole idea gives me the creeps. Is breastfeeding really that important?
Your wife wants to breastfeed your baby because she only wants what is best for him. Once you hold that little baby in your arms you will feel exactly the same way. Overcome your queasy feelings by getting involved with the process. You’ll be surprised how quickly your views are going to change. No other feeding methods can replace breastmilk.
Breastmilk contains healing properties and it strengthens your baby’s immune system. It has a multitude of other benefits. The birthing process is stressful on the baby and breastfeeding helps create a special bond between mom and baby.
It further holds a lot of benefits for Dad because it is always readily available and the right temperature. This means you don’t have to warm and wash bottles. Breastmilk is also a lot cheaper than formula.
The role that you play in the successful breastfeeding of your baby is of paramount importance. Studies show that women who have the support of their husbands are more successful at breastfeeding. The more supportive Dad is the more confidence Mom will have in her ability to breastfeed.
Remember, breastfeeding can be very stressful for your wife at first, especially if it is your first baby. She has to learn a new skill. Your support and encouragement will help.
Breastfeeding is hard work. You can help your wife by bringing her a pillow to place behind her back, bringing her something to drink or bringing her the items she requires when asked. Offer to wind the baby after a feeding. Be there for her and enjoy your new baby. YB