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Bonding with baby


bonding with baby

Being present at the birth

It is important for you to familiarise yourself with the birth plan if your partner has made one, it is important that you familiarise yourself with it, as part of your role is to act as an advocate for her if she is unable to make her views known.  She will also need lots of physical and emotional support, reassurance and someone to explain to her what is happening.

Studies show that levels of oxytocin (often called the ‘love’ hormone) increase in men during their partner’s pregnancy and even more so if they attend the birth.  Oxytocin encourages a father to be closely involved in the care of his child.  Other hormones found at higher levels in men around the time of birth, such as vasopressin and prolactin, bring out bonding and protective instincts.

Bonding with a breastfed baby

Some dads worry that they will feel jealous and left out of the bonding process that is going on with mother and baby – but there is no need.  Feeding a baby is by no means the only way to bond.  There are lots of other things you can do: change, bath and rock your baby, place him on your bare chest for skin to skin contact, give him a massage, or buy a sling and take him out to a friend's house, or for a walk, to give mum a rest. 

And if your responsibilities include changing, remember that babies who are breastfed have much less smelly nappies ...

Read more about how to help your partner during the early days and discover your paternity leave entitlements today.

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Why not download our useful information sheet - Dads and breastfeeding 

 

Further information and reading:

Becoming a Father: How to Nurtuer and Enjoy your Family - William Sears

www.fatherhoodinstitute.org