How to Help a Breastfeeding Mom

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al.

Q: My wife is exclusively breastfeeding our son. Is there anything I can do to help?

A: A father, partner, or other person provides a breastfeeding mom with extra pairs of eyes, ears, and hands. Sometimes a mom has trouble seeing if the baby is latching onto the breast well. You can help check the latch. As your baby latches onto the breast, you can hold his hands out of the way until he has latched on. You can also help evaluate how much milk your baby consumes by watching for rhythmic jaw movements and periodic pauses, and listening for swallowing noises that sound like “huh.”

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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