Breastfeeding an infant can often come with feelings of pressure, overwhelm and loneliness – it’s a steep learning curve and no one else can breastfeed your baby but you.
The reality is we are not biologically wired to mother in isolation – just us and our babies for long periods of time over the day for weeks and months at a time.
When partners are informed about infant feeding and offer encouragement to the mother, breastfeeding duration and exclusivity increase, breastfeeding related challenges decrease, connection with additional support when needed increases and mothers’ overall attitudes towards breastfeeding improves.
In addition, when partners and support people are sensitive to the breastfeeding mother’s needs and help with household and childcare duties, breastfeeding outcomes were further improved.
Grandmothers also have the potential to significantly impact a mother’s feeding journey, whether to improve it or to contribute to challenge. This further highlights the importance of creating awareness around our mother’s and our partner’s mother’s feeding journeys and views and whether they are aligned with our own. (We covered a little more about this exploration in the last email of this series! Pop back there for more details.)