POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:58pm
Clarksville, Tennessee (WSMV) — A Tennessee dad's campaign to get fathers more involved in breast-feeding has gone viral.
They are pictures meant to start a conversation. Men-- some shirtless --holding infants as though they are breastfeeding. Photographer Hector Cruz said it's personal.
When his wife was pregnant, he wanted to learn about caring for newborns, but says he wasn't allowed in breastfeeding classes.
"So, when it came time for 2 a.m. feeding, we had a lot of issues and I did not know how to help. I felt frustrated, confused and helpless. I know if i felt that way, there are other fathers out there facing similar struggle," said Cruz.
That's how project breastfeeding was born.
The Clarksville dad was surprised by how many people wanted to take photos for the campaign. The goal is to not just to get people talking, but to engage and educate dads, Hector said.
He also hopes the pictures help tackle any stigma associated with public breastfeeding.
"I decided that I was going to change my community. If I can make my community a breastfeeding friendly community, I will have succeeded. I don't have to worry about my wife going anywhere and breastfeeding my daughter."
According to NBC news, a CDC report out last year noted women are more successful at nursing when fathers support them. That's why it's important to educate dads about the process, said Cruz.