Pumping Basics

Pumping in the military is a must if you want to give your baby breastmilk while you are separated.  In this section you’ll find information on choosing the best pump, the basics of pumping and hand expression, milk storage tips, milk supply issues, and even how-to create a lactation room at your command.


Basics of Pumping

How to start pumping, building a stockpile and how to make pumping a bit more enjoyable.


Breastmilk Collection and Storage Guidelines

Guidelines for safe collection and storage of your hard-earned expressed breastmilk.


Choosing a Breastpump

This section describes the different types of breast pumps available on the market today with recommendations for which ones are best suited for the AD military mother.


Hand Expression

Even if you plan on using an electric pump, the best laid plans can go wrong.  It is always a good idea to know how to hand express your milk for the unexpected TDY, downed aircraft, power outages or missing pump parts.


Hands-Free Pumping

Need information on how to make your own hands-free bra or kit?  You’ll find all the directions and photos you need here.


Setting Up a Lactation Room at Your Command

Don’t think you can create a lactation room at your command?  Think again with these tips from AD moms who have been successful!


Supply Issues

Every working mother faces milk supply issues at some point in her breastfeeding career, here are some tried-and-true tips to help get you through the slump.


The information on these pages are adapted from my book, “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military”.

For more information on each topic, please consider buying the book.

Disclaimer: All of the articles on this website were written for educational purposes and are not meant to diagnose or treat any disorders.    
Please see a qualified health care professional if you are concerned about your or your baby’s health.

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, educating, and supporting all breastfeeding personnel serving in the military.

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