How can pumping be a team effort?
One dad has some sound advice for partners of breastfeeding moms: “put yourself in her shoes.” See how he and his wife make breastfeeding a team effort and restore family balance with the help of bottle feeding and pumping.
Keep an open mind. “How your nursing relationship worked with one baby may not impact how you nurse with the next. Go into breastfeeding with an open mind.”
Don’t let anxiety get the best of you. “With my first, I was so stressed out about pumping at work that I didn’t even try. Now I just try to take it one day at a time.”
Create a space for you and your partner. “My husband and I have a restaurant that’s just for us. We don’t even let ourselves talk about the kids over dinner. It makes our marriage stronger.”
Center yourself. “I’ve breastfed five children and I’ve had my fair share of set backs. I’ve found that when I’ve made the time to relax, my supply really evened out.”
Share nighttime feedings. “My husband and I both work, so we take turns on the night shift. Sharing that responsibility goes a long way in our marriage and really lowers my stress levels.”