For moms who choose to breastfeed, it can be overwhelming, tiring, and defeating (to say the least). Even in the best circumstances, breastfeeding can leave a mom feeling like nothing more than a walking milk machine.
This sacrifice is obviously something that no dad can truly understand, which can put a strain on a relationship once the baby arrives. Lucky for dads, father of four Muhammed Nitoto, has recently dropped some pro-tips for supporting moms while they breastfeed.
Muhammed often posts videos, photos, and status updates he calls “Daddy Chronicles”. He tells stories of his days with his kids, the struggles he tries to overcome, and some funny anecdotes here and there.
His stories are ones most dads have experienced at one time or another, but for some reason don’t share. Muhammed is showing the reality of parenthood and is essentially doing for the dad community what so many mommy bloggers and influencers have been doing for the mama tribe for years.
Recently, he created a post in honor of breastfeeding awareness month. He posted a photo of his partner with a baby attached to her while laying in bed. Muhammed said that fellow dads may wonder what they can do to help (since they obviously can’t feed the baby), so he provided 5 tips to help them show their support.
“1. For night feedings. When mom wakes up in the middle of the night. You get up and ask if she needs any help or water. The truth is most of the time she will say no but just the fact that you offered will go far.
2. Ask mom if she can pump and then pick 1 feeding that you will always do. Mom will take on almost everything and will burn herself out if you let her. At times you may have to force her to rest without worrying about the baby. This is an easy way to do that without a fight.
3. Don’t put a time limit on how long mom breastfeeds the baby. It’s not just about feeding your child it’s about them bonding as well. I know everyone has a different length of time they will breastfeed and as a Dad it’s hard to fully understand. Do not I repeat DO NOT try and rush this process it’s not our place and it’s not safe. You will open yourself up to a fight you can’t win.
4. Be patient. I know as a Dad the first few weeks we are equally excited and yet not as important yet. Your time will come faster than you know. Babies grow fast and the stronger bigger they get the more Daddy Time will be coming your way.
5. Paternity leave! If you have it TAKE IT. The early stages of a child’s life are not just for moms to enjoy. I know as men making the money especially after having a baby but trust me. You can always make money but there are no instant replays in life. It doesn’t make you more of a man to not take the leave. It’s equally as important that you as a Dad get to be a part of the early development of your child.
It’s no surprise that this status was shared by thousands of people. Muhammed’s words are so true, and something that every new mom wishes she could hear from her partner in those hard, early days.
People everywhere are applauding the dad for his compassion and support. Many women say they wish their husbands had read this before they had their first baby, and several men have genuinely thanked him for this knowledge because they will be of better help to their own partners thanks to it.
There’s no doubt that Muhammed is a top-notch guy that his kids are lucky to have raising them. His advice proves how much he loves and respects the mother of his babies, which is something every mom could stand to hear a little more often during those long nights and stinky-diaper filled days.
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