Breastfeeding in the Navy




Breastfeeding in the Navy


Breastfeeding is an important choice all new mothers must make.  For those Sailors who choose to continue breastfeeding or pumping when they return to duty, Navy is here to help by providing breastfeeding resources and clean, private lactation rooms.


The resources below can help you…


-   Learn what Navy’s policy is on breastfeeding and lactation rooms

-   Better understand why breastfeeding is medically recommended, cost-effective and supports command readiness

-   Set up a lactation room or Nursing Mothers Program at your own command

​UPDATE TO BUMEDINST 6000.14B - supersedes guidance in OPNAVINST 6000.1D (in revision)


Commands must ensure that lactation rooms have ready access to running water for hand washing and pump equipment cleaning NEAR OR WITHIN the same room as the lactation room.  The lactation room must also have electrical outlets and be located within a reasonable proximity of the workspace.


Effective immediately, optional wear of nursing t-shirts is authorized for nursing Sailors (excluding shipboard and operational clothing environments).  

Please refer to NAVADMIN 075/19 for additional guidance.  ​NAVADMIN 075/19

Facts: Why Breastfeeding Matters


Breastfeeding and Pumping in the Navy:  Findings from the 2018 Personal and Professional Choices Survey


Motherhood, Breastfeeding and Leadership:  The Perspective of an Ambitious JO


Best Practices:  Breastfeeding, Pumping, Lactation Rooms and Nursing Mothers Programs


Navy Lactation Rooms and Nursing Mothers Program
Looking to set up a command lactation room or Nursing Mothers Program (NMP)?  Here are some resources and examples to help get you started:

Lactation Room Checklist 

Lactation Room Rules and Expectations

NMP Charter and Procedures 

If you’re at a command with no available space for a lactation room, contact us at the email address below to discuss options.



Additional Information  




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Last Updated: Sep 2021


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