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Breastfeeding - for fathers

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Some fathers feel that, because they can't breastfeed their baby, they will not become really close to their baby in the first months and beyond. Some men may be jealous of the realtionship between mother and baby and feel left out. However, there are lots of other ways for fathers to bond with babies besides feeding them, and fathers have a very important role in helping and supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies.

Fathers have a special and important role in their children's lives. Children are lucky when they have a dad who is involved in their lives, who knows their friends and is interested in how they spend their day. It really helps if they know that they are loved and cared for by both parents. There is more that you might be interested in reading in the topic Being a dad.


To find out more

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

Raising Children Network Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive Australian network including the Australian Government.


Other things to consider

  • Even though breastfeeding is natural, often it can take some time for a baby and a mother to learn how to do it. There are several topics on the Parenting and Child Health part of this site on how to breast feed and how to overcome some of the difficulties. You could start with  Breastfeeding - a new baby
  • Young babies often cry a lot. Crying is the only way they have to get help if they are hungry, uncomfortable or tired. Crying is 'designed' to get attention. See the related topic Fathers - settling a baby for more information.
  • Many new mothers become very tired, unhappy, tearful and frightened that they are not being a good mother to their baby. Often this is because they are very tired. These related topics have ideas about getting more sleep.  
  • Some new mothers become quite depressed during the early weeks after their baby is born. Have a look at our topic Postnatal depression and the baby blues.


Another resource

Australian Breastfeeding Association,

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.


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