“What does a father/dad know about Breast feeding anyway?”

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This was a remark that someone made to me on a blog site which will remain nameless. (only because it is not even deserving of the pub) There was an
article written that was putting out information I felt was incorrect and was going to be read by thousands and I just could not allow the information to move
forward unchallenged.  The mother was sharing how she felt tricked into thinking breast feeding was easy.  I explained to her she should have gotten more accurate information before attempting breast feeding and from a better sources. I told her even though your family may love you they are not always the best source for information. She felt offended by my statements and felt I would not know anything about the subject because I was a man.  I told her I did not know you had to have the body part to study facts pertaining to the part of anatomy.

This is where I asked her the sex of her OBGYN…

Funny thing is she never answered that question for me…HMMMMM!

Anywho…

The comments…like most following breast feeding articles went on for days!! (Those who know what I am talking about just smiled)

What I want the world to know is fathers/dads know lots about doing what is best for our children! If we are doing our reading and researching there is nothing
our babies will receive other than what God offers.  I explained to her that only 3% of the women of the world were in a situation where they were physically
not able to breast feed and the others have just made a decision NOT to do what is best for the child.

PERIOD, BUT JUST NEED TO OWN THEIR CHOICES.

I also had to explain that my wife is a Lactation Educator and I am nosey when it comes to her literature.

Also, as a father of 4 little girls I have assisted my wife with 4 breast feeding challenges that have taken a span of over 10 years.  Yep, but I probably
don’t know much! Some of my wifes challenges involved engourgement, cracked bleeding nipples, no latching, split nipples,  no pooping AT ALL, weight loss of
almost 1.0 pounds(more than once) which lasted for more than a month before the child started to pick up weight.  During this time I have 1. Kept my mouth
closed 2. Asked my wife what she needed me to do 3.  Gave the baby breast milk from a spoon that my wife had expressed into a sippy cup for over a week for
every feeding while my wife was in tears. 4. Kept the non-knowledgeable people who would discourage her away…BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! (Some still don’t speak, but I am always going to protect my Queen)

I think my passion for breast feeding comes because I want my well educated/disciplined wife to always finish her goals.  She is a finisher and
because of her discipline she will nurse once she has studied the BEST Godly options for our children and breast feeding is that option.  It is the option
that bonds the child and mother.  It is the option that gives the child all it needs for the entire first year of life.  My daughters are exclusive BF for the
first YEAR OF LIFE! It is the option that sets the child up for better health results. (i.e. asthma, ear aches, allergies, digestive issues, common colds)
 Breast feeding is also responsible for lower the mothers risk of  breast cancers…but……..

“What does a father/dad know about Breast feeding anyway?”

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We are a married couple of 2 with 4 beautiful, smart children, who after 15 years of marriage have decided to join the blog world with a blog that will allow us to present what may be considered to many to be offdachainandouttadabox as it pertains to the areas of marriage, parenting, finances and health & wellness. The offdachain husband will also, against the wishes of his wife, (hence off the chain) post on other subjects from time to time.

19 responses »

  1. Well-said. I feel strongly about breast feeding as well. It takes a self-less commitment to see it through, but the benefits are well worth it. The stats speak for themselves.

  2. Well said Mike! I LOVE the dads that are fully on board and walking in support of their wives! So blessed to have one myself 😉

  3. As a breastfeeding mom, I can say that having a supportive spouse helps a ton. I had my 1st at 22 and all my friends thought I was crazy for wanting to breastfeed. They felt like I would be missing out on the drinking or that I would be stuck in the house all day. I was thrilled have my husband in my corner.

    He would get me pillows or whatever I needed to be comfortable. I commend you for being so supportive and protecting your wife from the nay sayers. If more, especially ones of color, supported their wife or girlfriend in the breastfeeding department we would have healthier babies and moms with stronger bonds with their children. Yes, breastfeeding is tough but it’s how God intended us to feed our children.

    Plus, nothing in life ever comes without hard work.

  4. I will always think that Breastfeeding is the best way to go! Although, there are times when I want a break, it is indeed free and the best for my child(ren). I try to encourage others to breastfeed, but will also encourage them to see a lactation specialist, or someone of the sort; simply because a lot can go on. I have breastfeed all 3 of my children with the youngest being 11 weeks. I have gone through all the yucky stuff that you mentioned, but still persevered. I say keep it up!!! Through it all, I am sooo glad I breastfeed.

  5. Pingback: Breastfeeding: What Dads Have To Say About It | Life With Levi

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