Data presented in this paper come from the study, “The Male Experience of Expectant and New Fatherhood,” funded by National Center for Nursing Research grant NR01480.
Breastfeeding and Fathers: Illuminating the Darker Side
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 210–213, December 1990
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Jordan, P. L. and Wall, V. R. (1990), Breastfeeding and Fathers: Illuminating the Darker Side. Birth, 17: 210–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1990.tb00024.x
- Issue published online: 31 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
ABSTRACT: Although breastfeeding may be the best form of infant nutrition and be an important practice for mother and infant, it may be perceived as negative by the father and thus inhibit the development of the father-infant relationship. This study provides a summary of data from a longitudinal study of the male experience of expectant and new parenthood, and a summary of the literature on breastfeeding and fathers. Fathers' concerns about breastfeeding included the lack of opportunity to develop a relationship with their child, feeling inadequate, and being separated from their mate by the baby. The professional literature fails adequately to represent the negative aspects of breastfeeding for fathers. The parents' literature contains one father's candid and humorous account that caregivers might use, together with other techniques, to make parents aware of these aspects.