My father died on Nov. 30, 2012. Although we hadn't been as close as I would liked, these past two years we have been probably the closest we have ever been. I am grateful for those special visits and phone calls. He spoke such sweet words to me. I needed to hear those words.
Fathers are also very important to the mom-baby breastfeeding relationship. Dad has a unique role to play - supporter of the mother. He is so essential to the breastfeeding relationship that the Catholic Nursing Mothers League acknowledges his importance in its principles. I know that some new dads feel left out at first, because mom is breastfeeding. However, in addition to supporting the mom physically, emotionally and spiritually, he can change diapers, give baths, burb, rock baby to sleep, play with baby and carry baby in a sling. If mom needs assistance from a lactation consultant, he can be the go between so mom can rest. He can pray for mom and baby. Dad can be there for lots of hugs and kisses and talking if mom feels overwhelmed or is experiencing the baby blues.
Dads are special and very much needed!