Veterans Day, Breastfeeding, and What this Day Means to Me

November 19, 2014
Cindy Galloway

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots Veterans Day, Breastfeeding, and What this Day Means to Me

I’ve always had a hard time trying to pin down my feelings and thoughts about what Veterans Day means to me, partly because I don’t really feel like a ‘real’ vet. I didn’t serve during wartime, I didn’t see combat, I was just a simple aircraft mechanic who served during peacetime. Do I have the right to call myself a veteran? Was what I did during my military service worthy of that honor? And then, as I often do, I will ponder how being a veteran relates to my current work as an IBCLC. I have come to realize that were it not for my military service and yes, the struggles I faced as a woman in a male-dominated workplace who breastfed against some incredible odds, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have my military service to thank for making the person I am today with the ability to help mothers currently serving in the military!

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