Women's Health Portal

 Breastfeeding Policy

Last Updated: April 01, 2021
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Can I get a breast pump for free?

Yes. Soldiers and military family members are able to receive manual, electric or hospital grade breast pump for free provided they have a prescription External Link under this coverage policy issued by Tricare External Link.


Can I store breastmilk during Army field training and mobility exercises? 

Yes. Waiver for TB MED 530 External Link allows for storage and management of breastmilk in field food establishment refrigerators during field training and mobility exercises.


What Army uniforms can I wear during pregnancy and postpartum? 

Army Regulation 40-502, Medical Readiness External Link  (2019) para 3-7 and 3-8 authorizes the wear of non-permethrin treated duty uniforms during lactation. DA MEMO Authorizing Female Soldiers to wear BF T-Shirt  External Link gives authorization to wear an optional Tan 499 or Sand T-Shirt External Link with the Class C Utility Uniforms during their postpartum nursing period. 


What other topics  are addressed by Army policies?

•  Postpartum profile policy (Soldiers):  Department of the Army Pamphlet 40-502, Medical Readiness Procedures External Link (2019) para 4-12.

•  Space requirements and time recommendations for breastfeeding and pumping (Soldiers and civilian):  Army Directive 2015-43 External Link

•  Early postpartum and workplace lactation support in MEDCOM facilities. (Soldiers and civilian): OTSG/MEDCOM Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy 16-005 External Link


What other US Federal policies address breastfeeding in the workplace?

•  Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Nursing Mother's in Federal Employment External Link offers guidance to executive branch civilian employees on workplace accommodations for employees who are nursing mothers.

•  Federal Worksite Lactation Accommodation Law External Link of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 4207 requires businesses with >50 employees to implement basic lactation support.

•  OPM Guide for Establishing a Nursing Mother's Program External Link is the OPM guide for nursing mothers who want to continue lactation after they return to the office.