Breastfeeding Counseling

TRICARE covers breastfeeding counseling at no cost in two ways:

  1. As part of the care provided during:
    • An inpatient maternity stay
    • A follow-up outpatient visit
    • A well-child care visit
  2. Up to six separate outpatient sessions when the breastfeeding counseling is:
    • Billed as a preventive service
    • The only service being provided
    • Provided by a TRICARE authorized provider, outpatient hospital, or clinic
    • This is effective for care provided on or after December 19, 2014

See Also: Breast Pumps and Supplies

Read Questions and Answers about Breast Pumps, Breast Pump Supplies and Breastfeeding Counseling

Lactation Support Services

TRICARE covers counseling services from:

  • Independent Board Certified Lactation Consultants
  • Certified Lactation Counselors

Providers must be a TRICARE-authorized doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or registered nurse. >>Learn more.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 5/5/2022