The early days and weeks with a newborn are a special time
This is also an important time for a baby to learn the world is a safe place to be. This means that baby needs to know his or her needs will be met.
Feeding is the perfect opportunity for baby to form a strong attachment to their main caregiver. Holding baby close and making eye contact with baby during feeds lets them know that they are safe and that you love them.
There are lots of ways to bond with baby other than by feeding. Dads, or other key caregivers, might want to have skin-to-skin contact with their newborn baby so baby can get to know them as another safe place.
In our sections for other caregivers some Dads have shared their experiences of bonding with their baby without giving feeds.