Women are much more likely to breastfeed for longer when they have the support of their partner. This leads to a greater sense of achievement for mum, and health benefits for both mum and baby. It can be a bonding experience for the whole family.
You can help your partner by making sure she has plenty of snacks and drinks. Help her to find a comfortable space and chair in the home to breastfeed your baby.
As a parent your role is to respond to your baby’s need for love, comfort and security. Your support and understanding will help your partner breastfeed your baby. Your baby needs to look at your face as you talk to them and sing to them. Your newborn baby doesn’t need toys to play with, they just need you.
You can also bond with your baby and support your partner by changing nappies, bathing your baby and cuddling your baby while your partner has a rest or bath/shower.
Please watch this short video giving information on supporting a breastfeeding mother.
For more information visit www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly