Mom may own the basic breastfeeding equipment, but dads play a much larger role than you might think when it comes to breastfeeding success or failure. At the start, research shows that a father can directly influence his partner's decision to initiate breastfeeding or not, and as time goes on, Dad's positive attitude plays a huge role in how long a mother will breastfeed. Research also notes that when dads are more educated about breastfeeding, their partners breastfeed longer, more successfully and have fewer problems than other breastfeeding women. Other research shows that when dads are taught about how to help handle common breastfeeding problems, their partners are more likely to still be breastfeeding at the six month mark. Overall, three key dad attributes have been majorly linked to breastfeeding success - positive paternal emotion, practical supports and physical supports - all of which are noted as being able to enrich the experience for the mother and subsequently the father. So new dads, listen up, because when it comes to breastfeeding, your actions can make or break the deal. Find out how to better support breastfeeding success below.
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