Breastfeeding is the most natural way to provide the benefits of a mother’s milk to the growing and developing infant.
One decision that all pregnant moms will have to make is whether to breast feed or to formula feed their infant. For those moms who decide to breast feed, you will find that a breast pump is an invaluable purchase. For working moms, a breast pump will allow you to continue to provide your baby with the health benefits of breast milk while you are away from the home. Pumping while your baby is at the sitter or in daycare will help with engorgement and ensure you maintain your milk supply even when you are away from your baby for a part of the day.
For those moms with a low milk supply level, breastfeeding your baby can be a stressful ordeal. Using a pump during those times when you do not have a hungry baby attached to you can help increase your production of milk and provide you with a back-up supply which you can then use to ease the breastfeeding process.
If your baby was born prematurely, it’s possible that he or she is too small to breastfeed directly. A pump allows you to feed your baby breastmilk through a bottle or small tube. In this case, breast pumps can be lifesavers for keeping your milk supply up and giving your baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow healthy and strong.
Breast pumps are also important for building up an emergency milk supply if you ever need to be unexpectedly away from your baby. There are also some moms who prefer to feed their babies by a bottle when outside of the home, or who like to get the dads involved in the feeding process. A breast pump allows you to have the best of both world.
Ready to begin your breastfeeding journey? Follow the steps below. If you have further questions, connect with a Military Mommies Partner who will walk you through the process and help you decide which breast pump is the best for your needs. We also offer a variety of breast pump accessories, as well as a selection of pregnancy and postpartum support accessories.
Qualify for a Breast Pump
You may be eligible to get a breast pump through TRICARE. Follow the steps listed on our Online Application. If needed, download and fill out the Prescription Form. Your breastfeeding journey begins today.