Let the record show that my partner was crucial when it came to breastfeeding. He was present and supportive and helpful, even accompanying me to appointments with a lactation consultant so he could help me recreate specific holds and latch techniques at home. He brought me water, cooked dinner, and was endlessly patient with my unpredictable emotions. Basically, I have no complaints. However, with the birth of my second baby just around the corner, I can think of a few things I wish my partner would say when I’m breastfeeding.
As you’ll see, this is very much a wish list. In fact, a few of these are actually out of his hands, but hey, I can dream, right? Some comments I hope to hear are things he actually did say that first time around, too. I just, you know, wouldn’t mind hearing them again, and thought it might be helpful to have them all ready to go, like a cheat sheet in list form. After all, sleep deprivation and memory struggles are very, very real when you have a newborn in the house.
To put it simply, breastfeeding is hard, so I’ll take all the support that I can get, and I've heard far to many stories of breastfeeding women who aren't supported by their partners. So, for future partners of nursing women, as well as my own, here's what we all want, deserve, and wish to hear: