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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nonmember avatar blue

NOPE. NOPE. NOPE.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

Nope nope nopety nope nope

Em Chappell-Root

With my oldest I got bad mastitis from a clogged duct, and the doctor at the urgent care, with much embarrassment, recommended this. And it worked. Nothing weird of kinky about it (okay, a little weird) but frankly we were just both relieved when we felt the blockage "pop" out and my milk started flowing properly again, and I started feeling better very quickly. Having a sick wife (104.5 degree fever) and a cranky newborn, and working 60 hours a week, my husband was willing to do anything to help me get better. 

nonmember avatar Chels

Yes I thought it was awsome that my hubby wanted to know what it was like lol we found it fun to try made a very funny convo about it well we sat their talking 😄

drink... drinkme8184

Im not breastfeeding my husband. 

nonmember avatar marie

Well, my breastfeeding days are over, but looking back, I would def do this to relieve pain. I wish I had thought about this then!

nonmember avatar zoikes

I'm 36 weeks pregnant atm with my first. My husband already makes jokes about wanting to try it. Honestly, if it helps with pain & is of course all natural, I'm in. I think it's funny & don't understand the fascination, but I am the ones with the boobs & milk, so I'm sure that has something to do with it. LOL. Yeah, I have to say NP, especially if it helps with any pain, engorgement, or infections...lots better than using artificial drugs, imo.

the4m... the4mutts

Eh. To each their own. My husband happened to like it. And not for relieving of my pain. When you're being amorous during the breastfeeding phase of child rearing, you have 2 choices

1. Avoid touching your wife's breasts for however long she nurses your child

Or

2. Just roll with it. If you're paying attention to that area, and milk comes out, well, clean up your mess! Hahaha

huntn... huntn_momma2010

My husband tried it and it did help relieve the pain.

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