Discussions about feeding babies are almost always centered around moms and their choice (or ability) to breastfeed or formula-feed. Like so many other parts of parenting, we don't really talk about the role dads can play, and we certainly don't ask them how they feel about. I think we should, though, so I had a few dads reveal what it's like to feed their babies for the first time.
I had always planned to breastfeed my daughter exclusively, so having her dad feed her was never a part of my pre-parenthood planning. But, you know, life happened. I suffered from undersupply, so we needed to supplement with formula. The first time I watched my partner feed our baby it felt like failure. In fact, I cried. Eventually, however, watching him give her a bottle felt more like freedom. When my husband and I first talked about how we'd feed our newest baby, he told me that he would support me no matter what I decided, but also that he wanted to play a part in feeding our baby, because it was something he really loved. I had no idea.
Turns out, dads have some of the same feelings about feeding their babies as, I think, most moms do — feelings like peace, joy, love, fear, frustration, relief — they just don't have as many chances to tell their stories because people rarely ask. Read on for a few of them, and maybe grab some tissues, because they are seriously so damn sweet.