Paternal support is defined as the support given by a father to his wife for the care of the baby after childbirth. Paternal support has quite a significant impact on the development of positive breastfeeding behaviors. Fathers' knowledge of breastfeeding and attitudes towards breastfeeding affect mothers' breastfeeding decisions, fathers' help for the care of the babies, the housework and the mothers' responsibilities helps the mothers spend more time and energy on breastfeeding, fathers' love and encouragement towards their wives helps mothers to cope with the challenges of breastfeeding and increases their self-esteem, and hence continuing breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and baby. This study aims to focus on the importance of the father support in breastfeeding process and the role and responsibilities of fathers.
Breastfeeding; father; nursing; support
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