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- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breast Milk: The Perfect Food
- Protects Against Disease
- Health Benefits for Baby
- Improves Women's Health
- Quicker Weight Loss
- Reduces Obesity in Children and Teens
- Promotes Mother/Infant Bonding and Emotional Well-Being
- More Convenient/Less Expensive
- Expands Your Social Circle
- Encourages Infant/Father Bonding
Encourages Infant/Father Bonding
Fathers who take an active, supportive role in breastfeeding forge a special relationship with their babies. And it is easy. Simply sitting beside their wives while they breastfeed gives dads the chance to talk and caress their infants. Soon, a baby begins to recognize her dad's voice, his touch, and even his smell. Immediately after a feed, Dad can place Baby on his bare chest and experience the bonding that comes with direct skin-to-skin contact.
Fathers are also crucial to a breastfeeding mother's success. This is especially true in the first few weeks. Yes, breastfeeding is natural, but that does not mean it is always easy. Dads can do a number of things to help, including keeping mom company while she breastfeeds, making sure she is properly fed and hydrated, helping her properly position Baby on the breast, and shielding her from unwanted comments and advice from family and friends. Best of all, breastfeeding gives parents a chance to work collaboratively and to lay a loving foundation for their new family.