Dear Dad of the Breastfeeding Baby,
It is time that the spotlight shine on you. You are an unsung hero in our child’s breastfeeding journey. While it is true that the act of breastfeeding is largely between me and the baby, you are as much a part of this special relationship as I am.
Thank you for trying to learn about breastfeeding as much as I did. You being with me in those breastfeeding classes meant that I was not clueless alone.
Thank you for holding our baby in skin-to-skin contact when I could not breathe well minutes after birth. You did not mind that the hospital staff found it unusual. You insisted anyway.
Thank you for encouraging me in those difficult early weeks. Thank you for not giving into the lure of formula feeding. “Would you rather that our child be at risk for sickness?,” you said. Thank you for reminding me that I would rather bear with the discomfort than put that weight onto our newborn. Thank you for saying, “We can do this.”
Thank you for staying up with me, positioning the baby, propping up pillows, and keeping me preoccupied. Thank you for changing his diapers, burping him and rocking him to sleep. You made sure everything was taken care of so that all I needed to do was to breastfeed him.
Thank you for politely dealing with the nonsense from well-meaning relatives and friends about what they know (or don’t know) about breastfeeding.
Thank you for buying me a good breast pump so I can continue breastfeeding while working.
Thank you for running to breastfeeding rooms with me until we both got tired and decided that we can breastfeed anywhere. Thank you helping me cover up when needed and making sure there were no perverts looking at my breasts.
Thanks for taking photos of us breastfeeding at the grocery, mall, train, plane, and (insert random place where baby asked for milk here). Each snapshot is a symbol of your moral support.
Thank you for talking to your friends about breastfeeding. I am sure you have encouraged and inspired them in a way or two.
Thank you for being proud of me. You should be proud of yourself too. We made it this far.
Breastfeeding has not always been easy but having you as a partner in giving our child what we believe is the best has been one of the biggest manifestations of love that I have seen and felt. For that, I am grateful.
Mom of Your Breastfeeding Baby