Two-thirds of dads feel 'left out' when their baby arrives – but they love feeding time

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A recent study of 1,015 UK parents of children aged six months to five years found 69 per cent of fathers only felt they became a ‘true’ parent after sharing feeding responsibilities with mum.

And two-thirds admit to feeling ‘left out’ in the early days of parenting.

Almost a quarter of new mums say they already felt that way, with 22 per cent saying it was the moment they saw their positive pregnancy test.

But over half of dads wanted to feel more involved and responsible, especially in the early days.

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Not only that but seven in 10 felt a real sense of relief when they were given the chance to help and support their partner in a more hands on way.

The study was commissioned by Aptamil Advanced Follow On Milk to mark the launch of its Share the Moments that Matter campaign which features celebrity parents Izzy and Harry Judd.

Lockie, their new addition to the family is also in the film, which aims to highlight the importance of building a bond with baby.

As well as the special moments that bring joy to both parents, when the feeding journey is shared.

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Izzy said: “We truly feel like we are partners in our parenting journey, and we love watching Lockie develop and grow.

“Seeing Harry feed Lockie and watching their bond develop is so special, it’s like they’re having their very own silent conversation when they feed.”

McFly star Harry added: “Izzy was so amazing at bringing baby Lockie into the world, I couldn’t wait to help out more and be hands on throughout the day and night. 

“When the time came to share feeds, I began to share those really precious moments during feeding time and now absolutely love the close, intimate one-on-one bond I’ve developed with Lockie.”

A whopping 83 per cent of fathers said feeding their baby was their favourite part of the day, giving most of them a sense of accomplishment.

While 62 per cent of mums are grateful for being able to share the night feeds with their partner.

Not only that but six in 10 of all parents said that sharing feeding responsibilities helped improve their relationship.

The research, conducted via OnePoll, revealed eight in 10 fathers had a newfound appreciation for their partner when they began sharing in feeding responsibilities.

The majority of parents felt being present and experiencing these small, daily feeding moments together is what matters most when developing a bond with their new-born.

Psychologist Emma Kenny said: “Bonding is a process and is often the by-product of everyday caregiving, so dads are on a different timetable to mums in this respect.

“Many studies have shown that as soon as dad is able to share in the feeding moment – literally responding in a tangible way to baby’s needs – the bond between them is able to deepen. ”

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Julia Lowbridge, from Aptamil Follow On Milk added: “Based on our consumer research, we’ve seen that the bonding developed through shared feeding can be a moment of personal joy for parents.

“Aptamil Advanced Follow On Milk celebrates these special moments that take place while feeding and the connection it helps to encourage for baby and parents alike.”


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