The Sexist

Dads: Prepare For World Breastfeeding Week

The first week of August marks World Breastfeeding Week, a full seven days of encouraging new mothers to feed their babies from the breast. Are you ladies "pumped" or what? (Heh). Important man angle: "Studies show that the father's stated preference for breastfeeding was found to be the most important factor influencing a woman's decision to breastfeed."

I'm reminded of a section from Mary McCarthy's The Group, recently highlighted by Sady Doyle:

In fiction, we have Mary McCarthy's 1963 novel The Group, in which the fragile Priss has a nervous breakdown because her husband insists she breastfeed their newborn. Priss doesn't have enough milk; the perpetually hungry baby never stops crying; Priss never stops feeling like a failure. She comes to dislike her husband. ("Up to now [his politics] had not mattered; most men she knew were Republicans... But she did not like the thought of a Republican controlling the destiny of a helpless baby.") She comes to dislike her baby. ("She felt, to her shame, that he was a piece of hospital property that had been dumped on her and abandoned—they would never come to take him away.")

Get to it, dads!

Photo via National Media Museum

  • Gina Ciagne, CLC

    Thanks for including this information on World Breastfeeding Week. It actually extends to the whole month so there are 31 days in which dads and other supporters can lend a helping hand. It is absolutely true that a mom's partner can have a great deal of influence on a her decision to start and keep breastfeeding. We are an international company based in Old Town Alexandria, Va. whose mission is to help parents who nourish and nurture naturally with our breastfeeding and baby products. On our website,, we have some great tips dads and other partners can follow for helping the breastfeeding mom in their life succeed!

    Gina Ciagne, CLC
    Director, Breastfeeding and Consumer Relations
    Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.

  • Stacey

    If men care that much about breastfeeding, they should do it themselves. I'm serious. I surgeon is MtF, and her partner just had twins. With a little help from hormones, my doctor is now able to help breastfeed the babies.

    OK. I'm being a little facetious about the situation. But this is true...