Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere

Our Mission Statement:

“ROBE seeks to educate, equip, and empower men to impact an increase in breastfeeding rates and a decrease in infant mortality rates within the African-American communities.”

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Congratulations New Dad!

As you have experiences by now, fatherhood is a big job with plenty of rewards. Your main goal is to keep mom and baby happy and healthy. As you and your significant other adjust to your new roles as parents, communicate and listen to each other often for ways you can help.

Mom's Milk is Powerful

The benefits are endless

Emotional Assistance

Mom and baby feel calmer and happier​

Immunity Boost

Baby is much healthier and is less often sick. Mom's milk has over 200 ingredients to sustain the health of your baby unlike formula

Low Health Risk

Baby has low risk of health problems, such as stomach problems and infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and childhood leukemia

Higher IQ

Children poses higher IQs and do better in school

Fast Recovery

Mom recovers from delivery much faster and can burn up to 600 extra calories a day

Saves Money

Breastfeeding saves money. Formula can cost more than $1500 a year!

Low Risk of Breast Cancer

Mom is less likely to get breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (the leading cause of death for women)

The longer mom breastfeeds, the better for mom and baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your baby for 1 year or longer, and feeding him only breastmilk for the first 6 months. Celebrate when you meet these goals.

BREASTFEEDING TAKES TEAMWORK. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP

Moms whose partners support their breastfeeding efforts breastfeed longer. And they get more benefits from breastfeeding. Here are some ways you can be helpful:

During Pregnancy:

After Pregnancy

HELP OUT AT HOME

Prepare Yourself

Newborns eat at least 8 to 12 times a day and sleep only a few hours at a time. Learn what to expect from your baby and how you can adjust your schedule during the early months.

Have a Watchful Eye

Learn to spot early hunger cues and bring the baby to mom when you see them. It’s much easier for babies to latch on and feed before they get too hungry. This will also help her body to make all the milk your baby needs.

Encourage Her

Let mom know you’re proud of her. Breastfeeding can be hard. If she has problems, help her find some help, and remind her that it’s worth it!

Be Thoughtful

Small acts make you a big hero. Bring her a pillow so she’s comfortable during feedings. Make sure she has a glass of water and a healthy snack nearby.

Be Helpful

You can hold the baby after a feeding until she falls sound asleep, change diapers, learn how to calm the baby when she cries, take care of meals and household chores, and give mom a break so she can shower or nap. She will be grateful, and you’ll get more time with the baby!

Call Additional Help

If you can’t be there for mom, turn to family and friends who have offered to help.

No Smoking Allowed

Babies who are exposed to smoke face a lot of short-term and long-term health problems. Don’t let anyone smoke near your baby, and don’t take the baby anywhere smoking is allowed.

BACK TO WORK

Your partner needs your support so she can keep breastfeeding even if she plans to return to school or work.

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC IS PROTECTED BY LAW.

Georgia law states that mothers can breastfeed in any public or private area they are legally allowed to be. Mom will feel more comfortable if you are OK with her breastfeeding in public. There are plenty of ways she can nurse with privacy even when other people are around. 

DOES MOM SEEM DEPRESSED?

Plenty of women experience depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy. It is not a sign of weakness or being a bad mother. It is a medical condition that can cause her to stop breastfeeding, and it can have long-term health effects. Here is some useful information from the National Institutes of Health on how to identify the signs of depression and what you can do to help.

sad mother

As her partner, you may be the first to spot signs of depression, such as:

Listen to Her

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Support Her