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  

   
 
 
    

​BUMEDINST 6000.14B Support of Servicewomen in Lactation and Breastfeeding

 

OPNAVINST 6000.1D Navy Guidelines Concerning Pregnancy and Parenthood​

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office on Women’s Health

American Academy of Nursing on Policy: Call for improved military policy to support breastfeeding among U.S. armed forces
 

 

CDC Breastfeeding Page

 

Guide for Establishing a Federal Nursing Mother’s Program

 

 

Questions? Contact ALTN_PregnancyandParenthood@Navy.mil 
 

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