What can partners or others do to support

Women who are well supported are more likely to have a good experience breastfeeding.

What can you do for your partner?

  • Encourage your partner, this will boost her confidence and keep her motivated. Like any new skill, reassurance and praise really help.
  • Be involved with your baby in other ways so that the caring is shared. Find other ways to bond, such as bath time, play, changing and bedtime.
  • Help to reduce the household chores so your partner can feed baby for as long and as often as they need.
  • Encourage your partner to eat and drink regularly. Staying hydrated and eating well are very important while breastfeeding. Bring her a drink and a snack whilst feeding.
  • It is both normal and essential for your baby to feed during the night and your baby is likely to wake frequently throughout the night for many months. There's no getting away from it, being a new parent is exhausting and as comforting as it may feel, never fall asleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair. It can increase the risk of infant death by 50 times. Always lift the baby into a safe place while you sleep.  Find out more on our sleep page.
  • Watch some of our Facebook live videos, you could start with our video looking at ways you can support your breastfeeding loved one.

One dad's support for his partner Michelle and how he bonds with his son

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Mum Sarah and Dad Ricky in Margate

"My partner wasn’t very keen on the idea of exclusive breastfeeding. He thought he may not get as much time with them and may not be able to help as much, but with lots of skin-to-skin contact very early on, he 'wouldn’t have it any other way now.'

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