Breast­feed­ing gives me a creepy feel­ing.

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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

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