What if my partner doesn't want me to breastfeed?
A partner may not want a mother to breastfeed. It can be helpful to find the reason behind a partner’s objection and have an open, honest discussion. Some partners think breastfeeding is sexual, which makes them uncomfortable. Some worry it will limit the amount of time they can spend with the mother. It may help to call in a supportive family member or health-care provider. A partner may object to breastfeeding as a way to exert more control over the baby and hurt the mother. Mothers who expect or experience abuse or violence should seek safety immediately for themselves and their children. A baby's right to breastfeed may be challenged during contentious custody hearings.