Okay, so here’s something that surprises a lot of new parents.
Many people think breastfeeding boils down to one thing: can I make enough milk to feed my baby?
Of course, milk supply does matter. But here’s something you else you should know: If you have a partner, their support for breastfeeding is a super important factor in your success.
Studies show that mothers who think their partners are more supportive, through verbal encouragement and involvement, feel more capable and competent about breastfeeding. The opposite is also true. Moms who feel their partners are ambivalent or provided negative feedback feel less confident in their ability to breastfeed.
And that makes total sense, right?! But sometimes partners need a little bit of guidance on how they can best support you, especially if you are first time parents.
One of the very best things your partner can do to support you is learn about the basics of breastfeeding and baby care for breastfed babies. When you are on the same page about things like how often your baby will need to nurse (spoiler alert: veryyyy frequently) and what is normal and expected with nighttime sleep, it can reduce friction and help both of you have a smoother transition to life as parents.
And here’s the good news: Watching Mighty Milk’s Breastfeeding for Expectant Parents class with your partner is the easiest way to get on the same page and get inspired by the many benefits of breastfeeding. You’ll learn everything you need to know to get breastfeeding off to the best possible start from the moment your baby is born. Plus, we have a video chapter specifically on how your partner can provide support.
So take an evening to make a cup of tea and grab some snacks, get cozy on the couch, and settle down for some easy-to-watch videos. Our customers tell us that watching the class with their partner was a great bonding experience and helped them get on the same page about baby feeding.
And if you and your partner want to be more prepared, including for beginning pumping and bottle feeding, our Breastfeeding Your Baby (0-12 Weeks) class covers lots more topics that are not covered in the Expectant Parents class. This is an excellent way to support our small woman owned biz while also boosting your breastfeeding confidence in a big way. The class is FSA/HSA eligible and backed by a 30 day guarantee. Here’s that link again.