Co-authored with Felisha Brooks-Floyd and Robyn Roche-Paull
Breastfeeding is recognized as a key public health issue by nearly every health organization, including the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, ACOG, AAP, and The Joint Commission has named breastfeeding a core quality measure. Military families do not meet the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals, due in part to the unique challenges rising from the military lifestyle for all military families, and the compounded challenges of balancing breastfeeding with a military career for servicemembers. Mom2Mom Global and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots are the only organizations dedicated to providing education, support, and advocacy for breastfeeding military families and servicemembers. Diversity, equity, and inclusivity are core values for breastfeeding support for military families, because the military is such a diverse organization. Medical professionals and lactation supporters can apply the information from this talk in their inpatient and outpatient clinical encounters in order to improve breastfeeding outcomes, affect positive change supporting breastfeeding within military communities, and communicate more effectively with breastfeeding servicemembers and military families.
Learners will be able to identify common challenges faced by breastfeeding military families and servicemembers; and to identify areas for improvement to breastfeeding support within military treatment facilities (MTFs) and beyond throughout military communities.