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!