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Updated: 2008-01-17T13:35:00Z

 



This is a great story. Unfortunately, this woman is lucky. Because she is a doctor, she has access to the...

2008-05-19T18:26:37Z

This is a great story. Unfortunately, this woman is lucky. Because she is a doctor, she has access to the...

This is a great story. Unfortunately, this woman is lucky. Because she is a doctor, she has access to the things that she needs.

Also, generally speaking, doctors can have shorter deployments than other military specialties. Not always, just sometimes, especially if they're working in a hospital rather than acting as the medical provider at an outlying base. Reading this woman's experience, I can see that she's had a 6 month long deployment. Most Army deployments are 12-15 months long, sometimes longer.

In my experience, not all branches of military service allow 4 months between giving birth and deployment. I personally know of several women in the army who were given the standard 6 weeks after giving birth and, once their doctors cleared them, they were deployed within days. The Army has a much harsher outlook on this, I think. My husband (an Army medical provider) offered to write a special request for one of his female medics in order for her to be able to stay at home and breastfeed when her unit deployed. He wasn't sure that the command would support his argument but felt it was worth a shot. She ended up just switching to formula so that her husband could get used to feeding the baby before she left.

I think it would be great to lobby people to get better support for nursing moms who are active duty military members. But my question is, "Whom do you lobby?" Each service is run independently, so unless the DOD got involved (and believe me, they could care less) change is unlikely to happen. The Air Force has a tradition of being more concerned about the moral and welfare of its soldiers/airmen. Traditionally the amount they spend on MWR (moral, welfare and recreation) for their servicemembers is 3 or 4 times what the Army spends. Throughout the military, the Air Force is known for having better housing, too.

I wish that there were more military moms that breastfed - perhaps their voices combined could make a difference. As it is, this story is just a small light in the dark. If you know people in the military, tell them about this story. Maybe we could help change things.




Wow. That story brought tears to my eyes. What a strong woman and family. Thanks for sharing this story. It's...

2008-08-26T00:20:42Z

Wow. That story brought tears to my eyes. What a strong woman and family. Thanks for sharing this story. It's...

Wow. That story brought tears to my eyes. What a strong woman and family. Thanks for sharing this story. It's definitely an inspiration to overcome the smaller everyday obstacles that I face.




What a beautiful and moving story. What a courageous mother! Stories like this one really remind me how lucky I...

2008-08-26T21:30:36Z

What a beautiful and moving story. What a courageous mother! Stories like this one really remind me how lucky I...

What a beautiful and moving story. What a courageous mother! Stories like this one really remind me how lucky I am to be home with my babies. Hats off to all the working mothers out there especially those overseas serving our country.




Wow, that mom deserves major kudos!

2008-05-19T18:26:51Z

Wow, that mom deserves major kudos!

Wow, that mom deserves major kudos!




Wow, that is just awesome!!

2008-08-26T00:20:32Z

Wow, that is just awesome!!

Wow, that is just awesome!!




This is an amazing story! I agree nursing mothers shouldn't be deployed. In fact, I've always argued the best way...

2008-05-19T18:26:30Z

This is an amazing story! I agree nursing mothers shouldn't be deployed. In fact, I've always argued the best way...

This is an amazing story! I agree nursing mothers shouldn't be deployed. In fact, I've always argued the best way to raise breastfeeding rates in this country would be to let women stay home for the first year (paid leave as long as you're nursing!). Just like Tara, I hated the hassle of pumping at work and completely understand women who choose to switch to formula. Best wishes to this family and special thanks for serving our country with such personal hardship.




Hi, I am a working and nursing mom. I am a television anchor in Illinois and have my own blog....

2008-08-26T00:19:48Z

Hi, I am a working and nursing mom. I am a television anchor in Illinois and have my own blog....

Hi, I am a working and nursing mom. I am a television anchor in Illinois and have my own blog. I posted about breastfeeding this week. Please spread the word! Thanks! NewsAnchorMom.com




This woman is my hero. My son is eleven months now, and I've been back to work for four of...

2008-08-26T21:33:21Z

This woman is my hero. My son is eleven months now, and I've been back to work for four of...

This woman is my hero. My son is eleven months now, and I've been back to work for four of those months. I've been pumping once or twice a day for several months now, and I want to give it up almost every single day. But if this woman, pumping in these conditions, can keep on keeping on, so can I.




What a neat and heartwarming story. The lengths that mommas will go through for their little ones are astounding. Hope...

2008-05-19T18:26:36Z

What a neat and heartwarming story. The lengths that mommas will go through for their little ones are astounding. Hope...

What a neat and heartwarming story. The lengths that mommas will go through for their little ones are astounding. Hope she has a safe return and a great reunion with her husband and son!




This story truly moved me. She is a courageous person and a loving mom. I hope the family will have...

2008-08-26T21:31:35Z

This story truly moved me. She is a courageous person and a loving mom. I hope the family will have...

This story truly moved me. She is a courageous person and a loving mom. I hope the family will have a wonderful reunion upon her return!