The editors over at BabyShowerForGuys.com put together a list of seven ways new dads can help with breastfeeding. They offered some good tips – stuff like “become the water boy,” and “offer to take charge of the burping and changing.” Solid stuff. But they missed a couple tips, and that’s where 8BitDad sails in all helpful-like.
I mean, hopefully.
Be the Buffer, Not the Bugger: Opinions, as you know, are like wieners – most people have them and the last thing you want is your familes’ etting shoved down your throat. Both of your families will have opinions about whether your wife should breastfeed or not. Be the buffer and keep that stress away from the missus. At some point well before the due date, have “the talk” about what you and she believe, and decide whether your wife will breastfeed the baby based on what you and she believe. It’s a lot of pressure on a new mom – everyone will hammer into her “breast is best,” but formulas are pretty good these days (when they’re not being recalled). And like BabyShowerForGuys.com mentions, if your kid doesn’t end up breastfeeding, it’s okay. Cut the stress out and let your wife know that whatever she decides is okay, and if she changes her mind after the kid’s born, that’s cool too.
Be a Good Second Stringer: The baby doesn’t need to get breastmilk right out of the breast. Have your wife pump some into bottles and you can be a good back-up when you’re wife’s not in the mood to do a late-night feeding. She’s finally got this beastchild out of her after nine months – unless you’ve got a special work schedule or doctor’s note, you should let her have a couple nights of sleep and pick up night shift when you can.
Know When to Pump ‘Em, Know When to Dump ‘Em: There are about a million places on the internet you can find the rules on when you need to pump-and-dump. After alcohol? After medication? After birth control pill? After bacon? After Red Bull? The internet will tell you yes or no, but they’re not around when your kid ends up with liver failure because you took their advice. Remember during your first doctor’s appointments to ask when to pump-and-dump. Tell the doctor any medication or vitamins your wife is on, and don’t be shy – your doctor knows you drink – ask when to pump-and-dump concerning alcohol consumption. Don’t screw around with this stuff, and don’t rely on your wife to remember to dump after all the times she does something on the no-no list. Get in there and be the second brain.
Remember, breastfeeding isn’t a given – some women don’t want to do it, and some give up for various reasons. And more commonly than you think, some babies are “tongue-tied” and just flat-out can’t do it. So follow the seven tips at BabyShowerForGuys.com and remember these three, and you should be aptly hooked-up.