Planning for a new child is a full-time job on its own. Add on being active-duty or a military spouse, and that’s a whole new ballgame. Don’t worry military mommas, we have some great organizations, tips, resources and programs aimed at making life as a new military mom a little bit easier.
1. TRICARE Resources for New Moms
TRICARE delivers healthcare benefits to uniformed service members and families around the world, but did you know that it also provides a wealth of knowledge and resources for new moms? You can book appointments, find doctors, view referrals and much more. By visiting the TRICARE website you have instant access to answers on the following topics:
- Pregnancy & Parenting
- Medical Coverage
- Newborn Care
- Registering Your Child
- And more
Simply visit www.tricare.mil/lifeevents/baby to get started.
2. The Breastfeeding Shop – Free Breast Pump through TRICARE
Deciding whether or not to breastfeed is a question for every new mom. At the end of the day the decision is a personal one, based on what’s right for you. Breastfeeding is certainly not free of challenges, but there are several financial, health and bonding benefits tobreastfeeding, see them all here.
If you decide breastfeeding is for you, you may find the need to have a supply of milk on hand for times when you are separated from your baby. A fantastic benefit to being a military mom is that you can receive a high-quality breast pump absolutely free through TRICARE and The Breastfeeding Shop.
Receiving your breast pump is a simple 4-step process found here.
The Breastfeeding Shop is a TRICARE preferred provider of breast pumps and accessories. To learn more about what The Breastfeeding Shop can do to help you with your breastfeeding journey, visit thebreastfeedingshop.com.
3. Military Mom Blogs
There are plenty of websites, blogs, articles and social accounts dedicated to military spouses and women in the military. Many of them offer great tips for dealing with the unique challenges of being a military girlfriend, wife, mom (or any combination of the above). Several also offer great military discounts, life hacks, military life tips and secrets and more.
Highlighted below are a couple blogs that contain fun reads as well as great resources and perspectives for new moms.
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4. Postpartum Support International – Military Family Support
Once your newborn arrives, there are a whole host of new challenges to deal with. One of which is the possibility of postpartum issues. Research shows that around 15% of women (or 1 in 7) suffer from a postpartum mood disorder (PPMD), including postpartum depression (PPD). Studies have also shown links between outside stress factors and PPMD. Military service and deployments can be stressful enough on their own, but rest easy because there are organizations dedicated to support military families in need. Postpartum Support International (PSI) reaches out to military families by offering free information, resources and support for new moms.
If you’re in need of assistance or simply want to learn more about what this amazing team is doing to offer support to military moms, please visit: http://www.postpartum.net/get-help/psi-support-for-military-families/
5. Childcare & Daycare Services
Asyour baby grows, there can be the challenge of figuring out what daycare/child care options are available for your little one(s) – especially if you’re planning on working after the baby arrives. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available through your local installation, MWR, MCCS, etc.
Finding options online can be a challenge, but we can help with that. No matter what installation you’re living at or near, MyBaseGuide.com can help point you in the right direction. Simply visit MyBaseGuide.com, choose your specific installation or military community and viola … all of the on-base resources can be found in one place.
If you’re interested in military friendly, off-base child care options, check out the Learning Care Group’s family of nationwide brands. Learning Care Group is committed to the latest technology and expert-driven curricula and programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years. Plus, active-duty families receive 10% off at all Learning Care Group brands. Please visit their website to learn more and find a school near you.