Lieutenant Jayme Warren
The mimijumi team includes military families, so Memorial Day is especially important to us. That is why we interviewed three military moms, and for every bottle sold from May 24th- May 30th at mimijumi.com, we will donate $5 to the Fallen Patriots Fund. Please help us support military families this Memorial Day!
As Memorial Day approaches, mimijumi interviewed Lieutenant Jayme Warren, Navy MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter Pilot, Wife to Commander Brandon Warren, and Military Mom to Lincoln Brent Warren
Why did you join the military?
I love serving my country. I love flying. I’m proud that I’m a US Naval Academy graduate and have my US Naval Aviator wings of gold. I was raised surrounded by a military family, including my dad, who served in the military before I was born.
What has been your biggest achievement?
It was a career risk to get pregnant while on Active Duty. Luckily, I had terrific support from my Command that made my transition into parenthood easier. My greatest accomplishment is my son, Lincoln. The best thing about being a Mom is seeing Lincoln become the person he will be. It’s so much fun to watch him learn and interact with the world.
Can you pump at work?
Although being a military mom is by no means easy, my command does provide a place for pumping at work, which you may be surprised to learn is actually mandated by the Navy! I still have breast pumping challenges with my job. After all, I’m still a pilot mom going back to work. There are days I have a long flight or simulator and have to figure out a way to pump without mortifying the male pilots I work with. I’ve pumped a lot in my car or in random bathrooms or closets when I had to… but who hasn't, right? My son, thankfully, had no issues transitioning to a bottle during the day and still breastfeeds when I’m home. It’s so important to find a bottle that allows you to bottle feed while at work and breastfeed at night.
What is the most difficult thing about your job?
The hardest thing is coming home after a long day to an even more demanding job as a “single parent ops” Mom. My husband, Brandon, is also a Naval Aviator. He flies jets and is stationed 4 hours from me. Although I don’t see my family much, I am incredibly thankful for them. Since we’re currently not stationed together, Brandon is only able to drive down to see us about every other weekend. So essentially, I’m on “single parent ops” with Lincoln 90% of the time.
What important lesson do you want your son to know?
I want my son, Lincoln, to understand why we may miss some of life’s most important moments for the benefit of others. I hope that he is proud of our service. My family takes time to remember those who serve and give everything more often than just on Memorial Day. I often think about Theresa Vitale Jones, whose husband, LCDR Landon Jones, was killed on deployment onboard a destroyer a few years ago. She was breastfeeding a two-month-old son who never got to meet his father, and has an older son as well. I realize how important it is to live in the moment when we are together.