Muhammed Nitoto is a father. And the mother of his children has chosen to breastfeed them.
And in celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which runs the length of August, Nitoto took to Facebook to “drop some knowledge on my fellow Dads and soon-to-be Dads.”
Nitoto then continued to explain what the first few weeks and months look like for new parents after a child is born. Along with a photo of mom breastfeeding their child, Nitoto said, “Yup, if mom breastfeeds, they pretty much are tucked like this, and at times you’ll wonder, ‘What is there for me to do?'”
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That’s when he went into his “top 5 tips for any Dad after your child is born”:
1. For night feedings. When mom wakes up in the middle of the night. You get up and ask if she needs any help or water. The truth is most of the time she will say no but just the fact that you offered will go far.
2. Ask mom if she can pump and then pick 1 feeding that you will always do. Mom will take on almost everything and will burn herself out if you let her. At times you may have to force her to rest without worrying about the baby. This is an easy way to do that without a fight.
3. Don’t put a time limit on how long mom breastfeeds the baby. It’s not just about feeding your child it’s about them bonding as well. I know everyone has a different length of time they will breastfeed and as a Dad, it’s hard to fully understand. Do not I repeat DO NOT try and rush this process it’s not our place and it’s not safe. You will open yourself up to a fight you can’t win.
4. Be patient. I know as a Dad the first few weeks we are equally excited and yet not as important yet. Your time will come faster than you know. Babies grow fast and the stronger bigger they get the more Daddy Time will be coming your way.
5. Paternity leave! If you have it TAKE IT. The early stages of a child’s life are not just for moms to enjoy. I know as men making the money especially after having a baby but trust me. You can always make money but there are no instant replays in life. It doesn’t make you more of a man to not take the leave. It’s equally as important that you as a Dad get to be a part of the early development of your child.
After sharing his tips to Facebook, Nitoto’s post went viral. It was shared over 30,000 times and received over 7,000 comments.
Many of those comments called Nitoto a “smart guy” and his tips “great advice.” And much of the other comments included women tagging their husband to make sure they see and read Nitoto’s words of wisdom.