Chest feeding: The new era of gender inclusive baby feeding
The baby feeding process can be done by any gender as it is a language of love in the parenting process.
Woman feeding her baby. Picture: iStock
In a time where we celebrate diversity and inclusivity, it’s time to acknowledge that the baby feeding process knows no bounds of gender.
Baby feeding is a language of love, it’s not only a connection between a mother and her child but also between partners in parenting.
It’s no secret that there are numerous benefits to breastfeeding, it extends beyond simply supplying vital nutrients to newborns; it’s about creating a nurturing environment where love, care, and bonding can exist.
Inclusivity is not just about breaking stereotypes; it’s also about empowerment. Gender-inclusive parenting is about encouraging open conversations because everyone can use a bit of help along the parenting journey.
Tips for men and women
In this spirit of inclusivity, below are some helpful baby feeding tips tailored for both men and women, because we’re all in this together:
- Frequent nursing and responsive feeding: Newborns possess tiny stomachs and require frequent feeding, particularly in the initial days.
Respond to your baby’s hunger cues promptly, which may include rooting, sucking motions, or bringing their hands to their mouth. Products such as the Philips electric breast pump can be used to fill baby’s bottle to ensure that little one can still enjoy that priceless liquid gold even while mom rests, ensuring that both parents or guardians are actively involved in the baby’s care.
- Positioning and latching: Proper positioning and latching are paramount for the comfort of both mother and baby and the efficient transfer of milk. Seek guidance from a lactation consultant if needed.
- Pay attention: Pay attention to the baby’s cues. If the baby is not hungry, don’t force the feeding. Babies have their own pace and preferences. This is also a precious opportunity for interaction and bonding. Make eye contact, talk to the baby, and savour these moments together.
Additionally, apps like the Philips Pregnancy+ App serve as an additional valuable resource for expectant parents, providing information, support, and tools to help them navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging journey of pregnancy and beyond.
Khuliso Mapila Philips Mother & Child Care Category Lead META says taking care of a little human being is a blessing.
“Nurturing is not just a job, it’s a privilege.
“We encourage parents to do what is best for them and their child with our products right there with them to make the journey a little easier,” said Mapila.