This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own.
Having a baby is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be nerve-wracking. For people like me who have had fertility struggles, getting pregnant is a battle itself, but then the next 40 weeks can add even more stress. And its even more difficult for military families when your closest relative is several states away or your partner is deployed.
The good news is that you’re not alone. Not only are there other women who have been there/done that in your military community, but there are several resources available to you to make your transition to motherhood easier. And because we all know how expensive a baby is, the cherry on top is that these Military Mom Resources are all FREE! Yes, even a FREE breast pump!
So take advantage of the following Military Mom Resources:
Breast Pump from 1 Natural Way
One of the stressful parts of having a new baby is figuring out how to pay for things. Cribs, strollers, and loads of diapers add up. But one thing many new Moms don’t think about until they need it is a breast pump. Whether you are a stay-at-home Mom or work outside the home, a breast pump is a valuable tool to help you achieve your feeding goals. But they, and their supplies, can become really expensive.
But military families can receive a high quality breast pump and even some supplies (like accessories, compression socks, and postpartum care) covered under your Tricare plan! You don’t need to pay a cent! 1 Natural Way is an in-network Tricare breast pump provider featuring everyone’s favorite brands like Medela, Spectra, and Kiinde.
There are a couple different ways to get your Tricare breast pump, but since I’m all about removing stress from my life, I’m going to walk you through the approach that takes less time and less work for you! (Seriously, some methods involve you having to chase paperwork, mail things in, then wait for a reimbursement check–no thank you)
Take the easy way from 1 Natural Way that only takes 5 minutes and the following 5 steps:
- Fill out a super-short insurance information form here
- Choose the breast pump you want (Tricare covers all of them!)
- Enroll in Resupply, the monthly breastfeeding accessories program
- Provide your prescription, if you already have one, OR give your Doctor’s information and 1 Natural Way will obtain one for you (how much easier does that get?)
- Your pump and supplies will be shipped right to your door!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Or as my son says, Easy peasy, nice and queasy. We’re still working on that.
Ashley D. from Lincoln, Nebraska had this to say about 1 Natural Way:
This company has been the easiest to work with! After struggling with another company to get a breast pump through my insurance I was super frustrated. 1naturalway was so easy to work with and answered any questions I had. They had my order shipped and I received it within 2 days of placing my order. Thanks for the quality service!
Breastfeeding can become complicated as every baby and body is unique. One thing that can help is having someone guide you through the different situations you and your newborn encounter. Tricare covers free, no-pressure breastfeeding counseling at the hospital after the baby is born, as a follow-up outpatient visit, or during a well-child care visit. You are also able to have up to 6 free outpatient breastfeeding counseling sessions for more one-on-one support.
New Parent Support Program: Home Visits
The New Parent Support Program through Military OneSource is free for military families and provides a variety of classes and resources. They also provide Home Visitations at your request.
Many questions and concerns don’t come up until you’ve already brought your child home from the hospital. I know I encountered many firsts and several surprises. You can search all you want in Google, but it’s much more beneficial to have an expert come to your home and actually have a conversation with you. The Home Visit isn’t about snooping and judging. They come to your home to visit with you however you need it. Sometimes that means you get advice and sometimes it means you have an ear listening to you.
Jennifer DeFrates of Heaven Not Harvard shares,
“I took advantage of having a nurse come to your home and check in on new moms. She loaned us DVDs for any issues we were having. Happiest Baby on the Block was a life saver!! It helped make me feel like I had someone I could ask all those new mom questions.”
Budget for Baby
Military families are able to attend a free workshop called Budget for Baby at their local base through the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. The workshop allows you to financially prepare for the newest addition to your family by working on a budget and learning money-saving tips.
Attendees receive a free Junior Sea Bag filled with items you’ll need plus an adorable handmade blanket worth more than $100. Another bonus to this is the opportunity to meet other families in the same stage of life as you are. This is beneficial for those times when you just want to vent to others who understand what the lack of sleep is doing to you later on. Trust me.
Each Command should have a contact person available to you when you have questions or need guidance. Most branches have an Ombudsman or Key Spouse to fill this role. He or she is a volunteer appointed by a Commanding Officer to be an information and referral specialist. They go through extensive training to know what resources are available to the families within their Command. They, too, are a military spouse so they are familiar with the transitions and stressors you face.
An Ombudsman is also aware of any special classes or workshops available to you in your specific area. They may refer you to your Base’s local Support Center (the Navy calls this Fleet and Family Support Center), Military One Source, or other organizations based on what your need is.
Don’t wait for an emergency to get to know your Ombudsman. Save their email and phone number in your contacts and see if they have a Facebook group or distribution list so you’re always up to date on what is going on. I am an Ombudsman for my husband’s Command and I was surprised to learn all that is available to us military families that I wasn’t even aware of! I’m near a small Navy base, but we still have classes like Effective Parenting, Amazing Newborns, Dads 101 Boot Camp, and Others. Plus, I learned about a local Playgroup available, another great way to make friends and socialize your child.
Multiple Military Mom Resources
So you see that the military has made a potentially stressful time MUCH easier. From a FREE breast pump through Tricare and 1 Natural Way to parenting and financial classes, take advantage of the multiple resources available to you and your new bundle of joy. And as you probably noticed, they each actually have several freebies and resources available within each category. And remember that you can look into these even before your baby is born!
Not everyone is aware of these, so please be sure to Pin and Share this with your military friends and family or for yourself down the road. Don’t miss out!
Which Free Military Mom Resource is or was your favorite?
Comment below with what interests you most! Have you used any of these resources? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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