It's little things like this that add up, say experts. #dadgoals
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is once again proving that when dads support their postpartum partner, the whole family is stronger.
In a recent Instagram post he showed the world that he'll support his partner Lauren Hashian in breastfeeding, even if that means feeding her while she feeds their youngest daughter.
This isn't the first time The Rock has shown the world why he is #dadgoals. He brought tears to our eyes when he announced Tia's birth back in April with a heartfelt post honoring Hashian.
"Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar," The Rock wrote. "I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia's delivery, it's hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there."
He took some Twitter heat over the shirtless selfie that accompanied the heartfelt note, but the proud dad just used it as an opportunity to school the world on the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
The Rock knows that there's plenty of studies emphasizing the importance of skin-to-skin contact, and his latest post suggests he might be aware of some other research as well. Support from the baby's father has been shown to have a strong influence on a mother's decision to initiate and continue breastfeeding.
According to researchers, "paternal emotional, practical and physical supports [have been] identified as important factors to promote successful breastfeeding and to enrich the experience for the mother and subsequently the father."
The Rock is clearly enriching his own experience as well as Hashian's and Tia's by helping mama eat while her hands are full. It's little things like this that add up, say experts.
Registered Midwife CJ Blennerhassett previously told Motherly that one of the challenges partners often face when it comes to breastfeeding is feeling like they can't help because they physically can't do that part of the infant care.
According to her, it can be hard for either partner when they realize the childcare balance isn't quite what they'd imagined, but the parent who isn't breastfeeding "can find other ways to support that workload."
The Rock may not be able to breastfeed, but he's clearly Hashian's biggest supporter.