How Partners Can Bond With Baby
(without giving a bottle)

Nursing and Mom are the center of your newborn’s world, but his world keeps getting bigger, and you are the first person he adds. You have an important job to support breastfeeding.  Giving a bottle so you can bond with baby, or give mom a bit of “relief” may seem like good ideas, but it’s more likely to cause breastfeeding problems and possibly health risks for your baby. Instead:

  • Protect your partner from criticism.
  • Keep mom fed.
  • Help her get breastfeeding help if she needs it.  (La Leche League or Find an IBCLC are good places to start.)
  • Care for her so that she can care for your child.

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So, how do you bond with baby?  There are many, many ways for partners to bond with baby, this is just a short list:

  • Wear your baby in a sling or other carrier.  There is nothing more attractive to a new mom than a baby-wearing dad.  Click here for more benefits of baby-wearing.  
  • Go out and about.  Babies are social people and will love seeing the world around them.  Taking baby for a quick trip to the store or a walk outside is a nice way to give mom a little bit of a break too.
  • Read or sing to your baby.  She’ll love hearing your voice, and will soon turn her head to find you when she hears you.  
  • Change his diaper, even if he hates diaper changes now, he’ll love them very soon.  This is a nice time to play peekaboo, rub his belly, have “man to man” chats.  
  • Let him nap on your chest.
  • Talk to him about things around the house.
  • Take a bath together.
  • Jiggle and sway. Babies tend to like side-to-side motion.
  • Get down on the floor and play with baby
  • Massage baby

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