Contrary to popular and cultural belief, men are more than capable of being part of the breastfeeding process. They may not be involved in the same ways because, well, they don't have the physical ability to breastfeed. However, that doesn't mean they should be any less involved than they're able. In fact, there are many things men can do help their partner prepare for breastfeeding, so that their partner feels more confident and able to give breastfeeding a solid go.
Of course, this isn't to say that a man has to be involved in order for a woman to breastfeed. Women are more than capable (obviously) and sometimes what a woman needs most in order to breastfeed, is space and the ability to listen to her body and learn her baby. Still, and personally, I found breastfeeding too difficult to do on my own. Being a first time mom, exhausted and tired from labor and delivery, I was overwhelmed (to say the least). Thankfully, my partner served not only as emotional support for me throughout the entire process of breastfeeding, but even assisted me in preparing for it so when the time came to give it a shot, I didn't feel completely out of my element. He was proactive, helping me find ways to cope with different things I could potentially endure in an attempt to ease my worry (and any potential pain and stress I might inevitably feel). As a result, I felt like I could handle breastfeeding, despite the many difficulties I could ( and did) encounter.
Nothing bad ever came from showing a mother you support her and her choices. Plus, breastfeeding is an opportunity for bonding; not just between a mother and her baby, but between a mother and her partner. So, if your partner plans on breastfeeding, here are the ways you can help her prepare for the journey ahead.