Involving the Whole Family

Mom and Dad holding baby

The decision to breastfeed is a family decision. Fathers, grandparents and extended family often provide crucial support to young children and breastfeeding mothers. Different families involve different family members in a baby's care. Talk with families about who will provide support after the baby is born. Remember that all members of the family need information and an opportunity to share their experiences and feelings about breastfeeding.

Fathers play a particularly important role. Research shows that fathers, when they have the facts about breastfeeding and its impact, are strong supporters of breastfeeding and breastfeeding mothers. They often want to know the many ways they can bond with their babies, and how they can help with breastfeeding. The following materials are designed just for dads:


Grandparents or extended family members often provide support for families with young children. They can have a big influence on a mother's decision to breastfeed, and can provide important encouragement to a family after a baby is born. This is particularly true for teen parents. The following materials are designed for grandparents and other extended family members:


Of course, there may be cases when family members are not supportive of breastfeeding. In those instances, it is particularly important for staff to offer support. You can help mothers feel good about their decision to breastfeed, empower them to advocate for themselves, and help answer questions and address challenges.

Guide to Online Breastfeeding Resources

 

Breastfeeding for a Head Start

Breastfeeding for a Head Start

The Important Role of Staff in Breastfeeding Education and Support

The Important Role of Staff in Breastfeeding Education and Support

Creating a Breastfeeding Welcoming Program

Creating a Breastfeeding Welcoming Program

Promoting Breastfeeding and Addressing Challenges

Promoting Breastfeeding and Addressing Challenges

Involving the Whole Family

Involving the Whole Family

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Planning for Birth

Supporting Families After the Birth

Supporting Families After the Birth

Last Reviewed: August 2014

Last Updated: January 28, 2015