The experience and knowledge of grandmothers and grandfathers can be an invaluable resource when raising a child, and encouraging their involvement is an important part of developing support for your decision to breastfeed.
Grandmothers and Grandfathers are an important source of support for new mothers and families. Their own personal experiences and knowledge with infant feeding can influence mothers’ decisions to begin breastfeeding and to keep it going.
The reality is that many of today’s grandmothers may not have breastfed. Often they are unfamiliar with baby care that does not include bottle feeding of formula. Before baby is born, you can discuss your plan to breastfeed and encourage their support. Suggest that before or after the birth, you attend a breastfeeding support group together. Provide them with information about breastfeeding and suggest that they speak to others who have breastfed or who have family that breastfed. Let them know that you value their support and suggest other ways that they can be involved in baby care such as changing diapers, cuddling with baby, taking baby for a walk, or soothing baby when she is fussy.
To help further the involvement of grandparents in your choice to breastfeed, we occasionally host events catered to them. Please visit our Events section for future dates.
NL YouTube Video: Thoughts from a grandmother
Local Research on the Role of Grandmothers
The objective of this study was to explore mothers’ perceptions of grandmothers’ breastfeeding knowledge and support, as part of a larger study to design an intervention that facilitates the development of grandmothers’ support of breastfeeding.
La Leche League of Canada
Discover a number of tips on how to bridge the gap between grandparents and yourself in order to further your network of support in regard to your choice to breastfeed.