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FOR RELEASE: June 15, 2004
Father’s Day Tips for Dads to Support Breastfeeding Moms
Why should Dads support breastfeeding moms? Dads know that breastfeeding is a natural way to provide all the food their babies need for the first six months of life. Dads know that breastfeeding saves money and time on formula, bottles, and medical bills and reduces sick days used by working moms. Breastmilk changes to meet a baby’s nutrition needs as he or she grows and develops. Babies that are not breastfed are at increased risk for developing type 1 diabetes, childhood obesity, recurrent ear infections, leukemia, diarrhea, and respiratory infections like asthma and pneumonia. Breastmilk contains antibodies to help protect against infection and diseases. However, the most important reason, according to officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), is that breastfed babies are healthier.
Dads in Action is a new public education effort developed by the OSDH Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding program because Dads are an important part of a successful breastfeeding experience. The program’s major focus is to recognize the strong positive influence dads have in supporting breastfeeding moms and their babies.
“Our goal is to help families have healthy babies and beneficial support systems. Breastfeeding is a good first step. Breastfeeding makes healthier babies and reduces medical costs and sick leave, for both mother and child,” said OSDH WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, Rosanne Smith.
Dads can be a big support to moms during pregnancy, labor, and delivery by encouraging mom’s decision to breastfeed her baby. Dads don’t have to feel left out. Involving the baby’s dad in the care of the baby promotes a strong family. Father’s Day is the perfect time to share information with a father-to-be or a new father on ways he can be part of the support system during breastfeeding.
Tips for dads during mom’s pregnancy:
Tips for dads to support breastfeeding moms:
Tips for dads to bond with their baby:
“There are plenty of things that Dads in Action can do to help protect and support breastfeeding moms and their babies. It is in the best interest of all Oklahomans to build stronger families and communities through healthier babies,” Smith said.
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