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Support vital for breastfeeding

We know that support from partners and loved ones is vital for successful breastfeeding. In part, this support may involve gaining insight during the pregnancy in order to understand the process in the beginning, but a co-parent’s support during actual breastfeeding is essential.

When there are two parents, both are equally important for the baby who needs to have a chance to bond with both. The mother needs some relief and time to gather her strength for nursing and nights awake. That’s the perfect time for the other parent to have personal time with baby. Studies show that mothers breastfeed more and for longer if the parent who does not give birth knows about breastfeeding and baby’s responses at the beginning.

For women who have a child on their own, a parent, sibling, friend or someone close to the mother can offer support. Regardless of family structure, it is good for the mother to have help dealing with this new situation, and to get relief so that she can recharge her batteries.