How can dads help with bottlefeeding?
A few ideas to help dads get involved
There are lots of ways dads can feel more involved with looking after their baby and gain confidence as a parent. And of course sharing the responsibilities helps you out too. Here are a few ideas that you may find useful:
- Letting dad prepare bottlefeeds will give you more time for the million-and-one other things you have to do.
- Take it in turns on night duty; a good night’s sleep will do you the world of good. Or try splitting the night up – one of you gets up from bedtime ‘til 3am, and the other does the 3-8am shift.
- Why not let dad handle some of the bottlefeeding during daytime? It’ll help them to bond with baby and give you time to rest, do other things or just have some ‘me’ time. Just keep in mind that your baby may take time to adjust to this new way of feeding, so make sure your partner keeps on trying!
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant formula, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby.
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