Dad reveals his five tips for fathers to help share the load with breastfeeding mums

Lauren Clark
Contributor
A dad-of-two has revealed his tips for fathers to help out breastfeeding mums [Image: Muhammed Nitoto/ Facebook]

Thanks to matters of biology, mums remain the parent who breastfeeds.

However, one dad-of-two says fathers should be helping share the burden so partners don’t “burn out”.

Muhammed Nitoto, who lives in Los Angeles, has revealed his five tips to help women in your life who are nursing.

In a post on Facebook, he shared a sweet image of his exhausted-looking wife Hejira, breastfeeding their youngest daughter Zuri.

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Alongside the picture, Muhammed - who also has 37k followers on Instagram account @chroniclesofdaddy - explained that while he couldn’t be directly involved in the feeding process, he could still be there for his other half in multiple other ways.

“I figured I’d drop some knowledge on my fellow dads and soon to be dads,” he wrote.

“If mom breastfeeds they pretty much are tucked like this and at times you’ll wonder: ‘what is there for me to do?’.”

He then listed five ways dads like him can make life easier for their partners.

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Muhammed recommended that the first should be offering to help during the night feed.

“When mom wakes up in the middle of the night, you get up and ask if she needs any help or water,” he suggested.

“The truth is most of the time she will say no, but just the fact you offered will go far.”

Secondly, if partners are able to pump milk, the dad should offer to do one of the feeds.

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“Mom will take on almost everything and burn herself out if you let her,” Muhammed explained.

His third tip is about not trying to rush the breastfeeding process.

“It’s not just about feeding your child it’s about them bonding as well,’ he said.

“Do not I repeat DO NOT try and rush this process it’s not our place and it’s not safe. You will open yourself up to a fight you can’t win.”

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And being patient is his fourth rule from the post, which has received more than 42,000 ‘likes’.

Muhammed noted: “More Daddy Time will be coming your way.”

He also encouraged fathers to take paternity leave where possible.

“If you have it, take it. The early stages of a child’s life are not just for moms to enjoy,” he said.

“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.”

In the UK, fathers are usually eligible for one or two weeks’ paid paternity leave. Visit the government’s website for more information.

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