Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: Strategies to Support Active Duty Breastfeeding Mothers

Time-frame: 120
CERP: yes

Women in the military are not reaching the goals set by Healthy People 2020 and the American Academy of Pediatrics for breastfeeding due to a lack of information and support. This presentation covers the following: An overview of the available literature regarding breastfeeding in the military, and the many challenges that are present in the military environment for breastfeeding mothers to include – time and place for pumping, deployment and separation, unique workplace environments, HAZMAT issues, co-worker and rank issues, PT and uniform issues, and command support.

This presentation will offer strategies for use by lactation professionals when working with breastfeeding military mothers to include: a.) education of commanders and co-workers b.) implementation of military breastfeeding instruction and policies c.) counseling on pumping skills and strategies d.) deployment and separation issues e.) time-management skills f.) hazardous chemicals, uniform and physical training issues g.) support from family and spouse, support groups, lactation consultants.

Robyn Roche-Paull RNC-MNN, BSN, IBCLC

Country: USA
Phone number: 253-904-7734