As you know, breastfeeding is good for babies and for military families. Read and download the materials in this section describing the benefit of breastfeeding and how units can establish successful workplace lactation programs. We invite you to distribute these educational materials and resources to help new military mothers continue to breastfeed when they return to duty.
- Read about the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Working Families
Resources and Tools
Download and read the guides, practical tips, flyers and templates in this section to help you advocate for the benefits of breastfeeding in your community and to access resources to help nursing servicewomen continue breastfeeding when they return to duty.
What Breastfeeding Resources Exist for Health Professionals and Working Mothers?
- Access Breastfeeding Resources and Support for Mothers
- Access Tips on Returning to Work
Military Hospital Support
Madigan Health Care System, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA
At Madigan, military moms have the opportunity to participate in two breastfeeding support groups. The hospital has two Lactation Consultants, one full time and one part time. They offer a prenatal class once a month. When the servicewomen are pregnant, they may participate in a “pregnant PT time” in the mornings, which keeps them healthy and allows for flexibility for appointments and other pregnancy-related needs. After leaving the hospital, servicewomen are given resources needed to continue to nurse. Joint Base Lewis-McChord has pumping rooms and stations available for servicewomen to use to pump and store milk for later.
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC
Two Lactation Consultants are on staff at Womack and offer prenatal classes twice a month. In addition to these classes, support groups are available for servicewomen to participate in if interested. On base at Fort Bragg, a branch of Le Leche League is present and, working with Army Community Services (ACS), they schedule home visits with nursing servicewomen who sign up to receive further assistance.
Blanchfield Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY
Blanchfield Army Hospital offers a variety of support tools to help military moms breastfeed. Before delivery, breastfeeding classes are offered to help servicewomen understand the process and how to breastfeed and pump successfully. Once the baby is born, skin-to-skin care, nicknamed “kangaroo care,” is used to establish the important connection between mother and child and to prepare both for nursing. Lactation Consultants are available as well as nurses who are certified if servicewomen require further assistance. Blanchfield recently started a program where, if a servicewomen exclusively breastfeeds for the duration that they are in the hospital (typically two days), then they will receive a breast pump, free of charge.