“Things are changing for women in the Armed Forces, and there is no longer a requirement to sacrifice the breastfeeding journey in order to have a successful career.”
Lance Corporal Natasha Day, one of our 2022 Here come the Girls finalists, is awarded an MBE in the King’s Honours list. Natasha is recognised for her support to breastfeeding mothers across the Armed forces.
LCpl Day MBE, set up the Defence Breastfeeding Network after returning to work when her son was six months old and struggling to find any policy or support on how she could continue to breastfeed.
She said: “I am absolutely over the moon with the news, the Defence Breastfeeding Network has gone from strength to strength and I am so proud of the incredibly inspiring women in our community.”
Described as a woman who challenges the norm, 36 months on the Network runs across the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce. The first network of its kind, it aims to support service families to breastfeed and now has 800 military families involved.
“Despite negative and harassing comments she received on social media, LCpl Day courageously shone a light on the issues, going on to personally educate and mentor leaders throughout the chain of command.” Army website
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