Feeding is just one small part of the care
a baby requires.
The father can do a number of things, including
bathing the baby, changing diapers, burping,
soothing the baby during fussy times and of
course, playing with the baby.
The father's turn at feeding can come when baby
is ready for solid foods. In fact, baby may
accept solid foods from dad better than from
his mother, whom baby associates with nursing.
The father's role, especially in the early
months, is primarily one of supporting and taking
care of the mother so that she can implement
nature's design, to nurture baby at the breast
almost continually. The father's relationship
with any older children becomes even more important.
It can be very helpful to the mother to have
the father take the older child/ren to the park
or give them baths, etc. The father can also
fix meals and help around the house.
The important thing to remember is that the
mother and baby need to be close--bonding continually.
This can be somewhat hard for the father in
the early months. It is really a case of delayed
gratification. Before long, the wait is more
than worth it when
the proud father reaps the benefits of being
father to a robust, responsive baby.