Resources for the military mother who is planning to or is already breastfeeding and needs more information. See the Handouts page for a complete set of personal use handouts. Go to the Military Policies page for a complete listing of the most current breastfeeding policies for each service. See the Support Groups page for a listing of military-specific support groups worldwide. This list will be updated on a regular basis, please contact me with additions or corrections.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International, 2010
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Morbacher, IBCLC and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD., IBCLC, 2010
The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. William and Martha Sears, 2003
Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Jack Newman, MD, IBCLC & Teresa Pitman 2015
Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals by Amy Peterson, IBCLC and Mindy Harmon, MA, CCC-SLP. 2009
The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West, IBCLC and Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC. 2010
Working & Breastfeeding
Hirikani’s Daughters: Women Who Scale Modern Mountain to Combine Breastfeeding and Working. Edited By Jennifer Hicks. 2006
Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close To Your Baby After You Return to Work by Gale Pryor. 2007
Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher. 2014
Work.Pump.Repeat. by Jessica Shortall. 2015
Pumping Area Proposal – Sample proposal for pumping area that can be modified and used by any branch of service. Thank you to 1st LT Jessica Fox, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, USMC Pumping Area Diagram Pumping area proposal-sanitized
Command Breastfeeding Policy – Sample breastfeeding policy at the command level. May be modified and used by any branch of service. Thank you to LCDR Kim Shelburne, USN Command Breastfeeding Policy
Baby GooRoo – Website devoted to breastfeeding information and nutrition resources. Has a blog and lots of useful information, updated frequently.
Best for Babes – Superb website devoted to helping mothers overcome the Booby Traps© that keep them from being successful at breastfeeding.
Breast and Bottle – When you have to combine bottle feeding with breastfeeding, this is the site to check out for how to do it the right way, the way that preserves your breastfeeding relationship. Companion website to the book, “Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals”.
Breastfeeding Made Simple – Just as the title implies, this site (and book) present breastfeeding as the biological norm and that breastfeeding is much simpler if mothers follow the “Seven Natural Laws” of breastfeeding. This site has a wealth of links to breastfeeding information.
Breastfeeding USA – provides evidence-based information and support, and promotes breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. This is accomplished through a network of accredited breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of mothers and babies, families, and communities.
Common Sense Breastfeeding – Website by Diane Wiessinger, IBCLC, with a lot of handouts on why breastfeeding is normal and how to make it an everyday part of your life.
Breastfeeding Inc. – Has all of Dr Jack Newman’s handouts on breastfeeding, everything from latching to breastfeeding toddlers. Many of these handouts are in PDF format.
International Lactation Consultant Association – ILCA is the professional orginazation for IBCLCs. If you need to find an IBCLC in your area, go to this website and click on their “Find a LC” link. From there you will be given a listing of the IBCLC’s in your area. A Board Certifed Lactation Consultant is worth her weight in gold. If you don’t know what an IBCLC is, see my FAQ on Lactation Consultants and Choosing Your Breastfeeding Helper.
Kellymom – This is the clearinghouse of breastfeeding information on the web. Kelly is an IBCLC and she thoroughly researches all of the breastfeeding information she posts and keeps it up-to-date. If you can’t find it here, it probably hasn’t been written about yet!
La Leche League International – LLL is the “Mother” of all breastfeeding sites, and LLL offers a wide range of information and support for breastfeeding mothers. LLL Groups are led by accredited breastfeeding counselors and can be found around the globe, and those overseas are often found on or near military bases. You can find articles and handouts as well as a listing of Groups, Leaders, Warmlines in your area, chat boards at this great website.
Low Milk Supply – Excellent website for mothers dealing with milk supply issues. Companion website to the book, ” Making More Milk”.
The following is a listing of the best and most efficient breastpumps for the military mother. See my FAQ on breastpumps regarding used pumps and ‘cheap’ pumps.
Ameda – Older company with a range of pumps from hand to hospital-grade rental pumps. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Ardo – New company with high-quality personal use pumps. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Freemie – A system for hands-free pumping, using the pump you already own. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Hygeia – Environmentally green hospital-grade and personal use breast pumps. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Limerick – High quality pumps that go from hospital to home to work. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Medela – Older company offering everything from hand to hospital-grade pumps. Not WHO code compliant. Open system.
Spectra – New company with wide range of personal use breast pumps. WHO code compliant. Closed system.
Simple Wishes Pumping Bra – Hands-free pumping bras to make pumping easier.
Lily Padz – Silicone breast pads to wear under your uniform, no more leaking!!
Miss Military Mom LLC – Breastfeeding and pumping t-shirts made with military regulations in mind! Wear these under your uniform for easy pumping!
Mother’s Milk Mate – Storage system consisting of bottles and a rack with the First-In, First-Out© system
Motherlove Herbals – Offers herbal supplements to boost your milk supply (such as More Milk Plus). Their herbs are organic and the company is pro-military!
Milk Trays – Niether a bottle nor a bag, these are trays to freeze your milk and the frozen ‘milk sticks’ drop right into a bottle.
Pumpin Pals – Angled flanges that make pumping so much easier!
Simplicity Hands Free Pumping Kit – Just as the name says, an easy to use hands-free pumping kit that stows easily in your gear.
Air Force Aid Society– Emergency funds and Budgeting for Baby classes available on bases worldwide.
Army Community Services – Offers a wealth of resources for Army families worldwide.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance – Emergency funds and resources, including a baby layette.
Fleet and Family Service Centers – Emergency funds, counseling, resources available at Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.
Military One Source – Military-wide, one-stop website and call center for everything from counseling to returning to school. Does offer some health support, may offer resources for breastfeeding and breast pumps.
Mom2Mom – Army breastfeeding support group, available at some installations.
New Parent Support Program/Team– DOD-mandated parenting program available to all services, offering parenting information and skills from Prenatal through age 5.
NMCRS– The Navy and Marine Corps relief agency, offers Budgeting for Baby class and a Visiting Nurse program on most Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.