Southeast Kansas Multi-County 
Health Departments

4 Counties, 1 Goal. Hope, Happiness & Health for Kansans.

Breastfeeding Support

Certified Breastfeeding Educators


Deidre Wilson 

Allen County


Sarah Hulcy

 Anderson County






You may feel left out if your spouse or partner is breastfeeding. However, there are many things you can do to help care for your baby and your partner. 


  • Help with housework and cooking.
  • Limit the number of visitors and how long they are there so mom can rest. 
  • Bathing, dressing and changing diapers can help you bond with your baby while allowing mom to get some additional rest. 
  • Babies love skin-to-skin with daddies too!
  • Comfort and encourage mom as she learns to breastfeed. 
  • Remember that feeding the baby anything other than breast milk in the first weeks interferes with mom's ability to produce enough milk. 




Learning how to breastfeed takes time AND patience.

 

  • Let your doctor and nurses know that you ONLY want to breastfeed your baby and ask for help getting started. 
  • Newborn babies will breastfeed about every 1 1/2 - 3 hours around the clock. 
  • Feeding both breast milk and formula in the first month can decrease your ability to make enough milk. 
  • You may feel pain if your baby is not positioned properly or not latched on correctly. If you are having pain contact your breastfeeding educator in your area for help.  
  • If you are planning to go back to work and you are breastfeeding you will need to make a plan including learning to use a pump or a daycare close by. Start pumping a week before returning to work so you have a good supply. 






Each new grandchild is precious and parents can value your experience when it comes to caring for the new bundle of joy. Here is how you can help:


  • Help with housework and cooking to give mom time to get to know her baby. 
  • Remember mom needs plenty of rest and fluids.
  • Bathing, dressing and changing diapers can help you bond with your baby while allowing mom to get some additional rest. 
  • Remember that feeding the baby anything other than breast milk in the first weeks interferes with mom's ability to produce enough milk. 
  • Let mom know how proud you are of the choice she is making to give her baby the very best start they can have. 
  • Breastfeeding is good for mom too. Its helps shrink the uterus to pre-pregnancy size and reduces her rick for breast and ovarian cancer.