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Creating a Lactation Room, USN-style

Creating a Lactation Room, USN-style

Today I was privileged to meet with a Lt. Shelburne (USN), who by chance picked up a copy of my book when she was near to quitting breastfeeding her little boy after her return to duty. She found the information she needed to get her milk supply back up, but she also found the desire to help other pregnant and breastfeeding mothers at her command be successful as well. I met with the Lt. because she has been working tirelessly over the past few months to create a Lactation/Pumping room at her command for herself and the 6 other pregnant or breastfeeding moms (some of whom were also close to quitting). She has been successful in not only creating a wonderful lactation room (more on that in a few), but she also has managed to have her command order a Symphony pump for the room! By far the most important piece is that she has written a command-wide policy that outlines, step-by-step what pregnant moms, the supply officer, the XO and CO, and the command are required to do and provide for breastfeeding moms at the command. Having this policy in place at the local level means that when Lt. Shelburne rotates out to a new command, the program won’t fall apart…it is set-up for the next person to take over. As I left today the CO was set to sign the policy into place.

Back to the room, it is about 10×10 with 4 tables and chairs, a locking door (with assigned keys,) a shower curtain blocking the door so when the door opens the moms are ‘hidden’, a refrigerator, TV, clock, water dispenser, hand-sanitizer, plenty of outlets, reading material, a bulletin board with photos of the mom’s babies, a clock and a radio. It is cozy, but the moms like it as they can chat and socialize (which by the way helps with milk production…oxytocin is released when women are together, increasing milk supply for all in the room!) Outside the room, in the hallway, is a large bulletin board with handouts, copies of the OPNAVINST 6000.1C and other useful breastfeeding information.

I’ve said before that successful breastfeeding in the military relies on two very important items: information and support. With support from the top down being paramount in the hierarchal structure that is the military. This command lactation room and policy is a prime example of the support that is so needed…Lt. Shelburne has been the catalyst for getting the room set-up and the policy written and in place…but she also has the full backing and support of the XO and CO of her command. It is apparent in talking with the enlisted personnel at the command who are using the room, that having this support, from the top down, has been integral to their success. outside lactation room

I applaud Lt. Shelburne for her initiative, drive and determination to see this Lactation room to it’s completion, and hope that this can be both an inspiration and a template for other commands to follow suit in creating their own rooms and policies in the future!

Need help creating a Lactation Room at your command?  Read Setting Up a Lactation Room for more info.  Have a Lactation Room already?  Consider adding your info to our Military Lactation Room Directory.  

More award news!

I just found out that my book has won another award, this time in the Women’s Issues category as part of the National Indie Excellence Awards 2011. I am honored and thrilled that my book is being seen by those outside of the field of breastfeeding as well written and worthy! I am continuing to… Continue Reading

Consulting for the Navy?

I recently received an email from the Facilities Planning Criteria Manager for the US Navy based here in Hampton Roads.  As he noted in his email to me, this is a fancy term for a contractor!  He contacted me because due to the recent changes in the Health Care law that mandates breastfeeding break time… Continue Reading

Book Awards Season

Book Awards Season

In the publishing industry, late Spring is the time for Book Awards.  From big name publishers like Random House all the way to the independent houses (such as Hale Publishing), everyone eagerly awaits the results that are usually announced at the Book Expo America and/or the American Library Association conference and exhibit.  Yours truly is… Continue Reading

Welcome to the BICB Blog!

Welcome to the BICB Blog!

Welcome to my blog, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, where I hope to entertain and enlighten you as I ramble on about breastfeeding in general and breastfeeding in the military specifically.  But I’ll also throw in information about tattoos, piercings, extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, my kids and whatever else pops into my head.  I may have written… Continue Reading

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