Women currently make up 14.5% of active duty personnel in the U.S. military and 18% of the National Guard and Reserves.
In 2015, the U.S. military opened all combat jobs to women. And in 2016, they extended paid maternity leave to 12 weeks. Now, the U.S. military has taken another important stride by installing private lactation suites for its nursing mothers.
You may have seen these in airports and such; Mamava lactation suites are 4’ x 8’ mobile pods that come equipped with a bench, table, and outlet for operating a breast pump. These pods offer women a clean, private place to pump or nurse so they can keep up their supply while working.
Can we please install these everywhere—especially in public parks, restaurants, museums, department stores, movie theaters… ok, just everywhere?!
There’s no camouflaging the fact that nursing while working can be fatiguing 😉, but the new lactation pods should make it slightly easier for military moms to nurse or pump on the job.
Needless to say, it can’t be easy being a female member of such a male-dominated institution as the U.S. military.
The military’s efforts to support its female service members should be applauded! It will, hopefully, lead to even greater strides to support the amazing women in our armed forces. (How about six months of paid leave, for starters?)
These women are serving our country and nourishing their babies at the same time.
And that’s pretty boss.