I felt a bit helpless at first as Amanda was constantly feeding Alfie and I couldn’t do anything to help with that only to make her comfortable and get her anything she needed. I was there to support Amanda, to give her reassurance and to be there if she needed anything.
We had decided after 6 weeks Amanda would start expressing milk so I could give Alfie a bottle a few times a week when I finished work. This would enable Amanda to have a break and I could be more involved in the feeding side which was something I really wanted to be a part of. This was important to me so Alfie could get used to me settling him, feeding him and getting into a routine with him. At first, I felt a bit worried as I could not settle Alfie as quickly as Amanda could. But I stuck at it and kept trying giving Alfie a bottle every couple of nights which he started to take very well. Amanda still breastfeeds Alfie through the day and I give him his bottle every night and put him to bed, this is something I look forward to everyday - our special bonding time.