What do dads need to know about mothers, babies and breastfeeding that is most important?
How can new dads adjust their thinking and actions to best support their new family?
What do babies and mom’s really need from dad?
Patrick Houser, author of Fathers to Be and founder of the website and organization of the same name, says we need to redefine intimacy. Intimacy isn’t just about sex, there’s “Primary intimacy”, which according to Houser is the heart of connection.
The father can be intimate with the mother and the baby without bottle feeding the baby. He says, the feeding should be from mother, and that the father can do so many more things and still be involved in the protection and providing mode. Dad can provide skin to skin time with the baby, this type of intimacy is great for baby and this affects the fathers physiology and hormonal response.
My father (right) and husband Craig, (left), have shown me you can be nurturing and still be masculine. I am so proud to know them both!
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