‘They Actually Listened:’ Mothers in Uniform React to the Army’s New Postpartum Policy

Moms in the Army say that they feel affirmed after the service followed their recommendation, extending the time allowed to get back within postpartum body standards from six months to a year.

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston announced the policy change March 19. “This is a common sense decision to help ensure our mothers have time to recover and build back their readiness,” he said in a tweet.

Under the previous version of the regulation, new moms had only six months after giving birth to conform to body fat standards. As a result, many resorted to “unsafe practices to lose weight” or stopped breastfeeding their baby at four months, according to a white paper.