Family & Friends

Breastfeeding is a special time and gives family and friends a chance to show that they are proud of mom. All leading health authorities recommend breastfeeding, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General, because of the physical and emotional benefits to mom and her baby.
Being supportive of mom’s decision to breastfeed encourages her. Most importantly, your loving support makes breastfeeding work! This section shares how family and friends can actively participate in helping mom breastfeed.

Support the breastfeeding mom in your life with these tips to promote her comfort and relaxation. Remember to  make time for you and baby. Babies need cuddles and skin-to-skin time with their dads, too. You can also bathe, diaper and play with baby.
Dads Play An Important Role
As you and your partner expand your family, you will have many new experiences. Taking care of your family is a big responsibility, and you want to protect them and make healthy choices. Encouraging your partner to breastfeed is important.
Grandparents Play An Important Role
When your children become parents themselves, they turn to you for advice. They value your experience when they make their decisions about how to take care of your grandchildren; especially when it comes to feeding their newborn babies.
Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding
Resources available as part of a continual effort to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among African American women by involving fathers in breastfeeding promotion efforts. Limited printed copies and an accompanying DVD are available to order.
Most people think of breastfeeding as something just between mom and baby. The truth is, breastfeeding is a special time for everyone. Breastfeeding gives mom, dad, grandparents and the entire family a reason to be proud and become part of the new baby’s life.