One of the "great debates," as a new parent, is whether to breastfeed or formula feed. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to do either, of course. Parents who have an easy time latching and producing milk and have great support, will often opt to exclusively breastfeed. Those who have a more difficult time for whatever reason, will usually decide to go for the bottle (or just choose the bottle right away because, you know, choices). Unfortunately, not only does stigma come with breastfeeding, it comes with formula feeding, too. That’s why it’s so important for dads to be there for their formula feeding partners because, in the end, mothers are usually judged and shamed, no matter what they do.
Formula feeding mothers (like any mother) need partners who will support their decision, and who will support them both on an emotional level as well as a physical level. When partners learn bottle feeding hacks to make formula feeding easier, we praise them for their ingenuity and, honestly, love them all the more. When we’re feeling down about having to go the bottle route (if it wasn't our initial plan) and our co-parents is kind enough to point out all the celebrities who are also formula feeding so we don't feel so alone, we know we’ve got a winner on our hands.
Honestly, there's a pretty long list of things one can do for their formula feeding partner, but in case you need a few hints or suggestions, here are some things every grown-ass man does for us formula feeding folks: