This mom is a genius, and her hubby is adorable, as proven by a new viral public breastfeeding image.
Breastfeeding has numerous benefits, to be sure. But one of them isn't that dads can help out with feedings...or can they? A new photo posted to the popular Facebook page, Breastfeeding Mama Talk, shows just how fathers can take on an important role in supporting the breastfeeding process.
The image, which shows a father pushing his wife in a super-sized shopping cart at Target while she breastfeeds their child, has gone viral, garnering 13,000 reactions since being posted a few days ago. The accompanying caption reads, "How daddies can be part of the feeding process if their baby is breastfed... 'When you've been in the target toy section for 45 minutes with your 10 year old birthday girl and the 15 month old wants to nurse you take their seat and nurse her while the hubs pushes you around.'"
Um, do you need to be breastfeeding to convince your hubby to push you around in the cart? Because that looks super comfy. But back to the actual point of the couple sharing this image! Clearly, dads are in fact crucial to a woman's breastfeeding success. Who else is going to distract an older child while you're nursing? Who else is going to grab that 48-pack of toilet paper and stuff it under the cart so you can continue the feeding, uninterrupted? Who else is going to order your Starbucks PSL while you finish up?
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In all seriousness, this photo truly is a sweet reminder that supportive partners are everything. Whether you're breastfeeding, formula feeding, or way past the baby stage. I know I couldn't be as good of a mom without my husband. Who, incidentally, will be pushing me in a cart the next time we go to Target, just so I can say he did.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.