Speak with your immediate supervisor or other gatekeepers BEFORE the birth of your baby. Being an informed mother regarding your rights can go along way towards making breastfeeding a success for you.
Last, but certainly not least, line up your support even before the baby arrives. Call on your local IBCLC or La Leche League Leader for information on the basics of breastfeeding and any problems that might crop up. Attend breastfeeding classes, speak with co-workers and friends that have successfully breastfed, and think about starting or joining a breastfeeding support group at your workplace. Above all don't be afraid to ask for help. We all need a helping hand and some encouragement to keep going when the going gets tough.
A few other tips to remember when breastfeeding in the military or other non-traditional job field include:
Remember that it's not all or nothing. Whatever amount of breastmilk, for whatever amount of time that you can provide to your baby is wonderful. While we would all love to give 100% of our breastmilk, 100% of the time, sometimes and in some situations it just isn't possible. Do the best you can for your baby; no one else has to walk in your boots!
Give yourself a big OORAH for breastfeeding, no matter if it's six weeks, six months or two years! Breastfeeding in the military is not an easy task, and any amount you can give your baby is to be celebrated. Remember, you are giving the breast for baby and country!