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 Breastfeeding Resources

Last Updated: June 15, 2021
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What are my nutritional needs while I am breastfeeding?

You will have increased needs for vitamins and minerals when you are breastfeeding for you and your baby. Check out these sources to help you.

Nutritional Needs While Breastfeeding External Link

MyPlate Daily ChecklistExternal Link

Eat Healthy While Breastfeeding: Quick Tips External Link

What are risks to breastfeeding and lactation from Army required activities such as the ACFT, excessive heat or cold in field training?

Scientific evidence supports the basis for current Army breastfeeding and lactation policy, and pregnancy and postpartum physical training (APHC) policies to ensure the health of mothers and their children.  There are still other factors that can increase risks to Soldiers for injury  (APHC) and illness during Army activities.  Fact sheets for more information are available on injury in military women (APHC), heat injury (APHC), and cold injury (APHC). Some factors, such as dehydration, smoking (including e-cigarettes) or substance abuse should be especially avoided during lactation. If you have a specific concern submit to Army Public Health Nurse email on this page.

What information is there to support breastfeeding employees and remove obstacles to lactation support in the workplace? 

•  The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding Fact Sheet External Link gives steps to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed.

•  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Business Case for BreastfeedingExternal Link offers employers education about the value of supporting breastfeeding. 

•  Breastfeed Your BabyExternal Link explains why breast milk is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months, and breastfeeding recommended for at least the first 12 months, even better 2 years.

•  What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding External Link explains the health benefits of breastfeeding to infants and mothers, and community economic and environmental benefits. 

•  Infant Feeding Practices, Workplace Breastfeeding/Lactation Practices, and Perception of Unit/Service Support Among Primiparous Active Duty Servicewomen. External Link Military Medicine, Vol 184, Issue 7-8, July-Aug 2019,  e315–e320. Breastfeeding provides multiple health benefits to Servicewomen and their infants and has positive indirect benefits to the military.

What other sources can I go to for answers to my questions about breastfeeding?

•  MOM2Mom Global® External Link is the place to go for a worldwide network of breastfeeding peer support and advocacy for military families. Example information sheets include: Pumping in the Field, Breastfeeding and HAZMAT, Traveling with Breastmilk, Shipping Breastmilk, and Pumping Strategies.  

•  The 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding External Link gives evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration. 

•  Other accurate and trusted sources for information are the World Health Organization External Link and the Pan-American Health Organization External Link.