Why Breastfeeding Your Husband Isn't Such a Bad Idea

breastfeeding dollAll right moms, has this happened to you yet? Has your husband asked you to breastfeed ... him? Don't be embarrassed!


It's not uncommon. In fact, a recent review of Google searches revealed more women have searched the phrase, "my husband wants me to breastfeed him" than "my husband wants to separate" and "my husband wants a baby" combined.

And now for the real surprise ... why experts say letting dad suckle can actually HELP you breastfeed. And no, there's nothing kinky about it.

Ever had a plugged milk duct? It hurt, right? And the lactation consultant told you to nurse frequently to empty the breast of milk, to relieve the pressure and keep up your supply?

Well, if you've got a baby who isn't up for eating, but you need to get that milk out, you can ask dad. Yes, really. One breastfeeding expert actually told TIME there are times when baby and a pump can't get a blockage out, but Dad can.

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If you really think about it, it makes sense. You can't tell baby how hard to suck. You can't increase the pressure of a breast pump. But you CAN tell an adult human being what you need done, and they can adjust accordingly. And if it hurts, well, why not let him try?

You can kill two bird with one stone -- relieving the pain and letting him satisfy his curiosity (because usually, that's all it is -- Dad wants to know what the heck it tastes like!).

Granted, if you aren't comfortable with having your partner suck on your nipples, you are under absolutely no obligation to do so. But if you think it could help ... why not?

Has your partner been asking to breastfeed? How did you respond?


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