A father can play a very important role in the success of breast-feeding. He can offer support, encouragement and confidence to a new mother.
Ways that fathers can get involved include attending prenatal breast-feeding classes with an expectant mother, reading a book on breast-feeding, arranging pillows, and bringing a snack or a beverage for mom when breast-feeding.
A father also can burp the baby, change diapers, massage mom's neck and shoulders encouraging relaxation, and bring baby to mom when baby is hungry. By sharing household responsibilities, caring for other children, shopping and doing other tasks, he takes other pressures and interruptions away from mom.