How can pumping be a team effort?

Nichole
St. Louis, MO
Getting Support

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.

Nichole's Tips

  • 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.”