Updated: 13 March 2013 02:00 | By Rob Kemp
Breastfeeding: How a father can help

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Breast may be best for baby, but for new fathers the thought of his partner feeding ‘au naturel’ can be a touchy subject. Here’s how dads can best get to grips with breastfeeding. 

Discussing with your wife or partner how you’re going to feed your baby before the birth should be a compulsory discussion for expectant dads. “It helps if husbands are clear about their expectations on breastfeeding, since some mums may stop breastfeeding because of pressure from their partner to do so,” explains Clare Byam-Cook, author of What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding...And What If You Can't? (Vermillion). Talk about how you’d like to feed your baby as a pair in partnership – but be prepared to change if your partner has other ideas, and be united when you do make changes.

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