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Don't Exclude Dad When It's Time to Nurse | Sunshine Dad
Some may argue that there's no stronger bond than the one between a mother and her baby, but a newborn also requires interaction from other key family members, especially dad. There is no better time to help a father strengthen his bond with his newborn child than during feeding time. It's important for fathers and significant others to know that the health benefits breastfeeding provides to mothers and their babies can be both physical and emotional. Mothers typically experience feelings of happiness and fulfillment, and research shows those feelings can even help prevent early and late onset postpartum depression. As wonderful of an experience as breastfeeding is, it can be very frustrating and stressful if Mom has trouble producing milk or difficulty getting the baby to nurse. As a certified lactation counselor, I've found that on top of the natural challenges that come with breastfeeding, one reason new mothers struggle the most is due to lack of support from family and friends. A