Insurance coverage of breastfeeding counseling, supplies aids military mothers

All branches of the U.S. military have taken steps to ensure that new moms are able to serve their country and provide their babies with the best possible nutrition. Each branch provides 12 weeks of maternity leave and has outlined in its policies the provision of time and space for returning military mothers to express breast milk. In addition, TRICARE — the health care program for uniformed service members and their families — has covered breastfeeding supplies and breastfeeding support since December 2014.

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