How to Best Support a Breastfeeding Mother

HOW PARTNERS, WHĀNAU AND FRIENDS CAN SUPPORT A BREASTFEEDING MOTHER
  • If the māmā has older tamariki, offer to take them to the park, play with them, or read them a book.
  • Help around the house with cooking, cleaning, tidying and picking up groceries.
  • Be encouraging of her breastfeeding and supportive if she finds it challenging at times – it can take a while to get the hang of breastfeeding.
  • Allow māmā to rest – offer to change baby’s nappies or hold them so she can have a shower, have something to eat and relax before the next feed.
  • Support her in joining a local peer support group for breastfeeding.
  • Show mum lots of love and – if she wants it – affection.