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SOS – Supporting Our Breastfeeding Military Moms Post-Election

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots (BFinCB) is a non-profit dedicated to Advocating, Informing, and Supporting ALL breastfeeding mothers serving in the military. This is not a political post and BFinCB does not endorse or contribute to any political causes or figures.

The recent presidential election has been tough for all, no matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on. Some of you may be very pleased with the results while others are undoubtably worried about the future. Regardless of the outcome of the recent election, and despite our differences, BFinCB remains committed to helping all mothers no matter their political affiliation. Our mission statement reflects quite clearly where our priorities lie: we are here to support you, the breastfeeding mother serving in the military, to be successful at reaching your breastfeeding goals.

Mission Advocating Informing Supporting

With any new administration changes in military policy are usually at the top of the list. Will our new Commander-in-Chief continue to keep family-friendly policies in the military as a priority or not?  We do know that the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act is high on the list of proposed cuts. These cuts may very well impact the federal mandates providing a place and time to breastfeed at work, coverage of breast pumps by insurance companies, and lactation services by trained personnel (CLCs and IBCLCs). We do not yet know how these changes may impact TRICARE coverage of breastfeeding supplies and lactation services, or any current breastfeeding policies set in place by each of the branches of the military.  What we do know is that BFinCB remains committed to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the military by ADVOCATING for laws, policies and regulations that provide adequate training, time and places to pump, and needed materials to be successful.  BFinCB will continue to work with our partners (Best for Babes, Mom2Mom Global, USBC, USLCA) from the lowest levels at various military installations to the highest places in the government to ensure that breastfeeding support remains a priority and breastfeeding rates continue to increase in the military.

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One of the best ways to be successful at breastfeeding, especially when employed, is to have accurate information. You need to have the proper information to know what type of pump is best for your situation, where to find the regulation giving you time and space to pump, how often to pump, and what the correct temperature is for storing your milk. Information about how to ship your milk home or set-up a lactation room at your command can mean the difference between weaning when you and your baby are ready, or being forced to prematurely wean due to an ignorant supervisor.  No matter the changes that lie ahead, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots remains committed to INFORMING not only all breastfeeding mothers serving in the military, but also other personnel, healthcare professionals, and military commanders about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to help mothers be successful.  BFinCB will continue to do this by providing up-to-date, accurate, evidence-based information via this website, social media, the book, in-person, and over email and the phone.

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Breastfeeding in Combat Boots lives in a virtual space.  We provide support through this website, email, the occasional phone call, and social media. As such, communication can be difficult and what is ‘said’ via typing or voice isn’t always what was meant without the visual clues of being there in person.  Ideas and meanings can be taken out of context and feelings can be hurt, especially at a time like this when emotions are running high. We at BFinCB want to clarify that we remain committed to SUPPORTING all breastfeeding mothers serving in the military. We are open to all races, religions, ages, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, and yes…political affiliations. We have been, and will continue to be, a safe space to find breastfeeding support.  As a safe space, BFinCB will not tolerate discriminatory, hateful, or disrespectful speech or actions online or in person.  We all wear the uniform, and no matter what your rank is or which branch you serve in, we are all fighting the same challenges in order to be successful at giving our babies our breastmilk.

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Coin-FrontWe need to come together, now more than ever, to support one another and share our struggles and triumphs as we breastfeed our babies while serving in the military.  We need to share our milestone photos as we reach our goals. We need to share our stories of pumping at the range or the back a HUMVEE.  We need to share our stories of shipping milk home from the field or the ship. We need to share our sadness at weanings that happen to soon. As the Executive Director and Founder of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots I hope that you will continue to find BFinCB the supportive and welcoming place that it has always been.  A place to find information to be successful. A place of love and support from friends and co-workers worldwide giving you a much-needed virtual hug. A voice at the local and national level advocating for your right to Give the Breast for Baby and Country.

 

Respectfully,

 

Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, IBCLC, USN Veteran

Executive Director, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots

 

Military CAH Game Pokes Fun at Breastfeeding. It’s Not Funny.

You may have seen the post on Army Times about the new Cards Against Humanity (CAH) style game, Disgruntled Decks, the hilarious — and at times *very* offensive — brainchild of 1st Lt. Matthew Coble.  He wanted to adapt Cards Against Humanity for a military audience, so he set about forming a community online from… Continue Reading

WBW 2015: Let’s Make It Work (in the Military)

It’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) which runs every year from Aug 1-7 and this year’s theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work”. World Breastfeeding Week is a chance to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and babies.  This year the focus is on encouraging everyone to understand needs of working women who… Continue Reading

Celebrating Breastfeeding Support in the Military this 4th of July!

There is much to celebrate this 4th of July if you are a breastfeeding mom serving in the military. There have been a number of amazing changes in policy that offer more support for breastfeeding, and motherhood in general in the military, than any other time in the past decade. Keep in mind though that… Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Support on Father’s Day

Thanks to Jarold ‘Tom’ Johnston, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, LTC(R), AN, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC for this guest post on the BFinCB Blog about how fathers can provide breastfeeding support just in time for Father’s Day! Happy Father’s Day to all of the supportive and loving fathers. Every year breastfeeding support pages abound with helpful advice… Continue Reading

Your Top 20 TRICARE Lactation Policy Questions Answered

If you are in the military or know someone in the military, you’ve probably heard the rumors swirling around about TRICARE finally offering breast pumps, supplies and lactation counseling.  The rumors are true and last week I wrote a post about the Updated TRICARE Lactation Policy and was immediately inundated with numerous questions and comments on… Continue Reading

Powerful Photo of Airman Breastfeeding Shows Us What Motherhood in the Military Looks Like

This photo is more than just that of a mother breastfeeding her child. This photo is more than just that of a member of the Air Force Reserves breastfeeding her toddler in uniform. This is a photo that shows us what motherhood in the military looks like. This photo shows us a mother who is… Continue Reading

Milk-Sharing in the Military: What You Need to Know

For mothers serving in the military, milk sharing is a very real need. Due to the many challenges inherent in serving in the military, such as a lack of place and time to pump, military mothers often have low milk supply issues and must either resort to giving their babies formula or find human milk… Continue Reading

TRICARE and Breastpumps: What is Covered and What Isn’t

**This is an older post — please visit UPDATED TRICARE LACTATION POLICY: WHAT IS COVERED AND WHAT ISN’T or YOUR TOP 20 TRICARE LACTATION POLICY QUESTIONS ANSWERED for up-to-date information** There is a lot of confusion and many questions surrounding this topic.  Does Tricare cover breastpumps? If so, what kind of breastpump? Does Tricare cover breastpumps for… Continue Reading

Happy IBCLC Day 2014 – Or Why IBCLCs are Important for AD Military Moms

Every year in March we celebrate IBCLC Day, this year it is March 5th and the theme is “How Has Your IBCLC Helped You?” When a mom has a question about breastfeeding, she usually turns to her family or friends first. However, if she is serving in the military, far from family and friends and is… Continue Reading

Our Vision

To create a community where military mothers can share experiences, find information, and offer support in order to successfully breastfeed their babies while serving in the military.

Our Mission

BFinCB is committed to advocating, informing and supporting all breastfeeding personnel serving in the military.

Contact Us

259 Bowman Rd.

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

USA

1-800-281-6707

Disclaimer

This is not an official DOD website. The information and links on the BFinCB website are for educational purposes only. Visitors are encouraged to consult with their health care providers and/or legal to obtain relevant information and discuss their options in order to make safe and informed choices. We welcome all inquiries, but will not suggest any medical or legal course of action. This nonprofit site is funded solely through donations. No advertisements are accepted.