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Coast Guard will reimburse moms on duty to ship breast milk home

U.S. Coast Guard Boatswains Mate 3rd Class Elizabeth Murray, left, and Boatswains Mate 2nd Class James Dunckley, onboard an Over the Horizon (MK-4) interceptor, prepare to conduct transfer of contraband at sea from the Cutter Resolute to the Cutter Mohawk, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean May 5, 2019. The Resolute and Mohawk were supporting joint, multinational counterdrug operations under Campaign Martillo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Thompson/Released)

The Coast Guard will make it a little easier — financially at least — for service members with babies at home.

The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance will fund a $750 reimbursement program to help cover shipping costs for new mothers to send breast milk home, the department announced Tuesday.

All active duty members, including Public Health Service officers, U.S. Navy chaplains attached to the Coast Guard, reservists on Active Duty for Operational Support and their spouses and civilian employees, are eligible for the reimbursement. Anyone away from home for more than 72 hours qualifies.

About 15% of active Coast Guard members are female, according to, but more women leave after about five years than men.


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