Please wish the Dads in your life a Happy Father's Day from me. Father's play many unique roles in raising babies. So often I hear," my partner wants to feed the baby too, how soon should he give bottles of my milk?" The answer is mainly wait and see, first breastfeeding should be going well, too many times I have had a baby stop breastfeeding or stop breastfeeding as well after that first bottle from the partner, now mom and baby are upset and therefore so is Dad. Often by the time breastfeeding is going well Dad has realized that he plays many other roles in bonding with his baby; first and foremost supporting the mother, doing baths, changing diapers, going for walks and after a short time playing the best loved games. I also remind them before long baby will be ready for solid foods and then Dad can feed all he wants, as well as clean up the mess :). Ask any experienced Dad who has never given a bottle if he is as close to his children as their mother is, as long as he was involved in other ways he will assure you that in the grand scheme of what children need feeding infants is a small part.
For some more resources for Breastfeeding Fathers visit: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/prepare/bf-links-father.html There is also a story below about Fathers and postpartum depression.
Lots more good too. There are two important surveys you can take if you have had your baby already or after you do. Please pass these along to friends as the more data the better. Some new book recommendations, new reasons to avoid c-sections when you can and how to have the best start with your baby should you need a c-section.
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Another Reason Not to Rush Mother Nature
Babies born at 39 weeks – the point at which most planned caesarean are carried out – are more likely to go on to have learning difficulties than those born at 40 weeks, scientists found.
Researchers analyzing the birth history of more than 400,000 schoolchildren found that babies born at 37 to 39 weeks have a 5.1 per cent risk of developing "special educational needs", while those born at 40 weeks have a 4 per cent risk.
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