Fathers/partners can assist with:
- cooking, cleaning or looking after the older children.
- finding someone who can come and help her.
- encouraging your wife or partner to breastfeed for at least the first 6 months. Breast milk is the best possible food for baby. It is not only the correct nutrition; it also protects the baby from getting sick. It is also best to give only breast milk for the first 6 months – nothing else – no solid food and not even water. This is called Exclusive Breastfeeding. Doctors have proved that this is best for babies and even reduces the chances of baby’s contracting the HIV virus.
The more love, care, protection and support the mother gets from the father at this time, the better able she is to properly care for her baby at this time when they are both so vulnerable.
The more daddy holds, cuddles, loves and plays with his baby, makes eye contact, sings and talks – the better his relationship will be with his child as he or she grows up