The realm of lactation and breastfeeding is often restricted to mothers and their babies. It makes sense, since mothers are the ones who actually produce the milk to feed their babies. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the role fathers can play in the breastfeeding relationship is often overlooked. Believe it or not, there are so many vital ways dads can (and should) help with pumping, breastfeeding, and feeding the baby in general.
Dad, don't sit back while your partner pumps and think that she's got everything under control (even though she probably looks completely flawless and poised sitting there hooked up to a breast pump.) There are so many simple ways you can help out that take almost no time at all and will make all of the difference for her.
It's virtually impossible to multitask while hooked up to a breast pump, and for many moms, it requires extra concentration just to be able to get things flowing. Having a partner that is willing to step in and help can mean the difference between a successful pumping session and a frustrating one.
Don't feel like you don't have a part to play in the whole "breastfeeding dynamic," because the truth is, that without your support, things would be a lot more complicated. Here are just a few way dads can offer help when it's time to pump.