This is Keyana’s story. She is a breastfeeding mother in combat boots, and is on a mission to make sure that military women are successful and beat the Booby Traps© that keep them from reaching their breastfeeding goals.
Keyana is a combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge as an E-5 SGT combat medic in the South Carolina Army National Guard. She is currently on active duty orders with the Recruiting and Retention Command. During her previous assignment with a combat engineer unit she deployed 2010 and came under rocket attack and sustained blast injuries that left her with slight shrapnel damage to her left breast which required minor removal surgery and damaged some of her milk ducts.
She has pushed through the physical difficulties associated with the damage to her breast and is successfully breastfeeding her daughter. Read about her struggles to overcome her injuries and to Beat the Booby Traps© at our partner, Best for Babes blog. It helps that her current unit has been very understanding during both her pregnancy and return from convalescent leave. In fact, when she came back from maternity leave, they had already covered the windows to her office in preparation for her pumping sessions. While interviewing Keyana, she stated that, “So far I have not received any negativity regarding breastfeeding. No one bothers me when my door is closed.”
Now that Keyana is off the battlefield, she is turning her attention to helping other military mothers be successful at breastfeeding. She has formed a team, Operation Lactation Freedom, and is raising money to bring awareness and support for breastfeeding to women in uniform. “I am a mother in combat boots, combat veteran, and a labor doula. I stand strong for service to this country and service to mothers. When I had my son at 18, I didn’t know enough and didn’t have enough support to stand on my own. Now with my daughter, I push through, not just for myself but for others as well. I have to pave the way so that there is freedom when its my daughter’s turn to be a mother!!!” Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is proud to share her story and support her and Team Operation Lactation Freedom!
Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is proud to partner with Best for Babes to support breastfeeding military moms! Team Operation Lactation Freedom runs to bring awareness and support for breastfeeding especially for women in uniform and women from low income backgrounds. Let’s let freedom ring for moms and babies – freedom to make an informed feeding decision, freedom to carry that out without being bulllied or booby-trapped, freedom to get the support every momma and baby deserve to do something instinctive, healthy and good for everyone!
Team Best For Babes Operation Lactation Freedom and their Special Dad Forces are on a mission to let freedom ring for breastfeeding moms and babies! They’re racing to Beat the Breastfeeding Booby Traps(R) that prevent military and civilian moms from reaching their personal breastfeeding goals! Join us at the Broad Street Ramble in Augusta, GA on October 27, or support our Team! To join or donate go to: http://teambfb.bestforbabes.org/2012/OpLac/ Best for Babes is also running a graphic design contest awarding a $100 VISA gift card to the person who creates the best new Best for Babes racing shirt in support of Team Operation Lactation Freedom.