So, you\u2019ve just become a father.\nThe pride, joy, and delight you feel is likely mixed with fear and nervousness. After all, your new role will last for decades to come.\nYou may not know it, but your job as dad is key to your baby\u2019s breastfeeding success. Learn more about how you can help mom and baby with these simple breastfeeding support tips for dads.\nWhat Can Dads Do to Help After Birth?\n\nArrange for extra help: New mothers need lots of support.\nLearn about breastfeeding. It is easy to support your partner when you believe in what she is doing. She\u2019ll love you for it.\nKnow that breastfeeding saves big money. You can save about $2,000 in formula costs during the first year of your baby\u2019s life.\nLimit visitors. What your partner needs most now is rest, help, and time with your baby.\nKnow who to call with breastfeeding questions: Magee-Womens Hospital Lactation Center at 412-641-1121.\n\nIf I Can\u2019t Bottle-Feed, What Can I Do with My Newborn?\n\nSpend time with your baby.\nGive your baby a bath.\nBring your baby to your partner for feedings, even during the night.\nCuddle and walk, because movement calms babies.\nTalk and sing to your baby: This is how they learn to talk.\nChange your baby\u2019s diaper.\nHold your baby. This gives your partner time to take a shower or eat.\nPlay with your baby, and help them learn.\n\nSome dads may want to bottle-feed their baby with mother\u2019s milk, but if your baby is breastfeeding and gaining weight, you may want to put off bottle-feeding until breastfeeding is well-established. Remember, if a baby gets a bottle too early, they may not want to breastfeed.\nHow Can I Help My Partner with Breastfeeding?\n\nHelp her get comfortable, and be sure she has what she needs. Help arrange pillows, and bring her something to drink.\nHelp her get her sleep. Remind her to nap when the baby sleeps during the day.\nOffer to help with housework so she can rest.\nRun errands for her, so she can focus on the baby.\nSpend time with older children.\nCook a meal and shop to make sure she has healthy snacks.\nTalk and listen to her feelings.\n\nWill Breastfeeding Affect Our Sex Life?\n\nBreastfeeding is a time of intense closeness between mother and baby and includes lots of touching. So, at first your partner may have less interest in sex. Do not take this personally. Give her time and space.\nWhen she has had her six-week checkup and you\u2019re both ready to resume having sex, keep in mind the hormones of breastfeeding may cause vaginal dryness. Plan ahead and have lubricant on hand.\nDo NOT rely on breastfeeding as your sole method of birth control, talk to your healthcare provider about birth control options.\n\nWill Breastfeeding Make Me a Less-Involved Dad?\nYears ago after a baby\u2019s birth, mothers and fathers were expected to take on a set role. Breastfeeding was the mother\u2019s job alone.\u00a0Today, many dads are more active in baby care and parenting.\nIf your partner breastfeeds, you can still be an active parent by caring for the baby. When your baby has mastered breastfeeding, you can bottle-feed pumped mother\u2019s milk.\nFind the care you need at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.