Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Air Force Supports Breastfeeding

According to Air Force Instruction 44-102 (PDF) on Medical Care Management, issued May 1, 2006,
4.15. Breastfeeding and Breast Pumping
4.15.1. AF members shall be authorized 15-30 minutes every 3-4 hours to breast-pump. This should be allowed for approximately 12 months after delivery.
4.15.2. The obstetrician or PCM shall annotate on an AF Form 422 that the member wishes to breast pump and makes a request for a room or office that provides adequate privacy for breast pumping be designated to allow AF members to pump. The AF member must supply the equipment needed to breast pump and store the breast milk.
4.15.3. The obstetrician, pediatrician or PCM shall annotate on an AF Form 422 a recommendation for deployment for those AF members who choose to exclusively breastfeed, i.e. the infant does not take formula at all.
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4.15.4. Breastfeeding/breast pumping AF members may participate in field training and mobility exercises. Decisions to continue to breast pump must be made by the patient, in collaboration with obstetrician or PCM, supervisors, training instructors and the MDG/CC in regard to having a place to safely express and store breast milk.

Also,
4.21.1. Every breastfeeding infant shall have an evaluation 48-72 hours after discharge from the hospital to include weight, formal breastfeeding evaluation, encouragement and instruction as recommended in the AAP statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (1997).

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