The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
It might feel like a daunting task to take care your little one, so don’t forget to get
your partner involved too. This will not only allow him to bond with your little one but
also gives you a much-needed break. Here’s a quick guide about how to get him
Make him a part of the planning
Set a regular task for him, right from the beginning. Put him in charge of diaper duty
or bath times. He will get to spend quality time with the little one and it prepares him
for when you’re not around.
Set him up for success
Dads do not always have the same tools we mums do when it comes to calming our
little one. Ease him into it by letting him cradle your little one while they are asleep or
in a better mood. You will have plenty of time to let him attempt more challenging
tasks in the future.
Give him his space with the little one
Let his daddy instincts kick in and trust that he knows what to do. Let him enjoy little
one time by himself without any hovering or criticising. When he is confident in taking
care of your little one, you will be too.
Skin-to-skin touch is important for both of them, so encourage dad to spend time
shirtless while he’s holding the little one. It creates such an intimate bond between
them – and you can get really adorable opportunities for a photo shoot!
Remember he is your PARTNER
Before you criticise your partner's parenting skills, count to ten. Those postpartum
hormones can affect your mood so before pushing him away, offer helpful hints or
encourage him when he’s doing a good job. This is a learning experience for both of
you, so lean on your partner and remember you’re in this together.