Muhammed Nitoto, a dad who clearly knows what's up, recently shared exactly what fathers should do while their partners breastfeed, and it should be required reading for all new dads. In a now-viral Facebook post, he explained that just because men can't produce milk doesn't mean they can't help feed their child.
He shared a photo with the caption: "Here's what it looks like for the first few weeks or months after your child is born. Yup, if Mom breastfeeds they pretty much are tucked like this and at times you'll wonder 'what is there for me to do?'" Fortunately, Muhammed shared exactly what brand-new fathers can do while their little one is eating.
1. When mom wakes up in the middle of the night, you get up and ask if she needs any help or water. The truth is most of the time she will say no but just the fact that you offered will go far.
2. Ask mom if she can pump and then pick one feeding that you will always do. Mom will take on almost everything and will burn herself out if you let her. At times, you may have to force her to rest without worrying about the baby. This is an easy way to do that without a fight.
3. Don't put a time limit on how long mom breastfeeds the baby. It's not just about feeding your child, it's about them bonding as well. I know everyone has a different length of time they will breastfeed and as a dad it's hard to fully understand. Do not I repeat DO NOT try and rush this process. It's not our place.
4. Be patient. I know as a dad the first few weeks we are equally excited and not as important yet. Your time will come faster than you know. Babies grow fast and the stronger bigger they get the more daddy time will be coming your way.
5. Take paternity leave! If you have it, TAKE IT. The early stages of a child's life are not just for moms to enjoy. I know as men making the money especially after having a baby but trust me. You can always make money but there are no instant replays in life. It doesn't make you more of a man to not take the leave. It's equally as important that you as a dad get to be a part of the early development of your child.