“As the founder and former president of The Military Writer’s Society of America (MWSA) I have reviewed well over 600 military related books over the last decade. I have never been asked to review any book in that time on ‘breastfeeding’. I wasn’t sure therefore how I would be qualified to know what constituted a well written manual for this genre. I did not even know there was a need for one. That I was so ignorant of the need leads me to think that commanders and NCOs of units with breastfeeding mothers in them do not have a clue as to the needs of their women soldiers , sailors, Marines or airmen. In fact, after reading this book (“Breastfeeding In Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful breastfeeding While Serving in the Military” by Robyn Roche-Paull) I realized that we have a crisis need for such books.
I got the education of my life – and can only assume that others will as well. This book is not just for the mothers but should be mandated for all those in leadership positions who really need to know and understand what the issues are. The author relates the problems and cites the regulations and is very specific and practical. It is obvious that this book is well researched and detailed with information for all involved. This is a manual that belongs of the office shelves of all military units. It is long over-due and in today’s modern military it is needed and should be required.
For military women having this life situation it is indispensable. The regulations are made clear and one would have to assume that if followed this would advert a lot of potential problems and misunderstanding on both sides of this issue. There is an abundance of great and very practical advice, information and details. I honestly have not read any other books on this subject matter but this book appears to cover everything one could possible have any questions about.
I highly recommend this book – first off, for all military mothers but also for unit leaders so that everyone can work together in harmony as a team. This book will let everyone know the limits and rights of those who choose to breastfeed. This may be only a niche reading market but it is an important one and this manual needs to be recognized as breakthrough effort!” W.H McDonald Jr., Founder, Military Writers Society of America
“Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is an incredible book! Written by a soldier for a soldier, this book will answer any question an active duty breastfeeding woman could think of. Definitely a must have for breastfeeding soldiers. I will keep a copy on my desk at all times to use as a reference.” Major Tom Johnston CNM, IBCLC
“BRAVO! Completely inspiring! A GUTSY book for GUTSY women BY a GUTSY woman!!! WOW! The resources and regulations are worth the entire price of the book” Linda J. Smith, BSE, LCCE, IBCLC, FACCE, FILCA
“I’ve never been in the military, but as a board-certified lactation consultant, I have long sought specific information to help my breastfeeding clients who are serving in the military. But this book really surpases my expectations!
I’m very impressed by the depth and extent of the information. This book provides accurate, very specific, well-versed ideas and practical recommendations in clear, military-style language that doesn’t sugar-coat the realities, but also shows the many ways that breastfeeding can happen that work for the mom, the baby, and the military. I particularly like the way that the author emphasizes the importance of maxmizing the mother and baby’s time together so that they make the most of it and enjoy it fully.
This wonderful new book fills a much needed niche in the breastfeeding literature and is now one of my favorite breastfeeding books. It’s so great to know that now more military moms will be able to stay connected to their babies through breastfeeding! ” Diana West, IBCLC, Co-Author of the 8th Edition of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding