Re: What's a female Soldier to do?
Congratulations on the impending birth of your baby! And welcome to LLL.
I'm sure there are other mothers who have done something similar, and I'm hoping they find this thread and chime in.
Previous posters have mentioned hand-expression. Here's a link on that to get you started: http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr96p51.html This site, while not a LLL site, does have a good description of it as well, with illustrations. http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html
By knowing how to hand express, you can at least express enough to keep a bit of a supply going for when you are reunited with your baby, and work to prevent plugged ducts and mastitis.
Once you are reunited with your baby, you can use techniques that are often used for resuming nursing after a nursing strike. This article has some great tips in it, although the focus of the article is something different. http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug01p136.html
You can also work to bring your supply back, too, once you are home. This site, also not a LLL site, but very good, has info on increasing your milk supply. Click through the links for more info. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/lo....html#increase Remember, many adoptive mothers can bring in a full supply, so with work, a mother in your situation can bring the supply back.
If you can, as someone else suggested, see if you can talk to someone in your chain of command about the situation. Being sick with mastitis isn't fun anyway, I can only imagine that it would be even less fun to be sick with mastitis in the conditions you're describing. Maybe there's a compromise that you can come up with, or they've worked with other mothers before in this situation.
I thought I remembered reading somewhere that at least one of the branches of the military had protections in place for nursing mothers, providing time to express milk, but I can't find that information now. I'll keep looking. Other readers, if you know what I'm talking about, please chime in!
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