Breastpumps: Information, Ordering & Tips for Use
If you are expecting a baby or just had one, the Affordable Care Act states that health insurance plans must cover breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding...that means different things to different insurance companies. How can you be sure you're getting the most comprehensive coverage? DON'T call your insurance company! :) Call a medical supply company who has a vested interest in helping you get a pump!
GET THE TRUTH
I've been hearing from parents that they've called their health insurance and been told they either couldn't get a pump or only could choose from two. Or that they were given a manual pump (non-electric) and told that's all they will receive. That's not always true. Here's my advice: don't waste your time calling your insurance company and asking them questions about coverage of breastpumps. Instead, call a medical supply company and have them call your insurance to find out what the truth is about your plan. The medical supply companies have a vested interest in helping you get the pump you want. And I am passionate about helping you get the best service you can so you can have the best pumping experience possible!
HELP IS HERE
I've gotten to know the good people over at Acelleron Medical Products. I've been to their offices. I've seen the folks that are waiting for your call. They provide the largest number of options for quality breastpumps and their customer service is amazing. Why not consider them? Acelleron and I want to make it easy for you to order a pump. I receive NO payment for telling you about them. Plus, I'm always happy to provide you with quick answers to your questions about making pumping easy and maximizing output as well as do a special consultation just about pumping if you'd like...just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One easy way is to click here to download the order form to give to your doctor (authorization is required by a doctor). Another is to keep reading and then click on a logo below. That will take you to Acelleron's website page about that brand and show you which options you have from each brand (a total of FIFTEEN options!). If you fill out the order form on their website, there's a box that asks you how you heard about Acelleron. Please type in BABIESINCOMMON.
However, you can (and should) check out other medical supply companies, as well. Plus, if you need to RENT a multi-user pump (also known as "hospital-grade" but that term is misleading), Acelleron doesn't have those. See the bottom of this page for more information on other great medical supply companies who also rent pumps.
As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I am happy to provide you with information about all the pump options and I have demo models at Babies in Common.
Remember, if you click on one of the logos above, it will take you to Acelleron.com's webpage for that brand. If you fill out the order form on their website, you'll see a box that asks you how you heard about Acelleron. Please type in BABIESINCOMMON.
* ask your Acelleron representative about possible pump upgrades or accessories that you might want--your insurance doesn't cover everything but sometimes for a small additional amount, you can get a better pump or pump bag or some accessories that will help pumping be easier.
Additionally, I have Pumpin' Pals in stock (and you can buy just one or a pair, instead of three pairs, which is how they typically come).
I also have the Simple Wishes Hands-free Pumping Bra in stock. Ask me about them!
OTHER MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANIES
These other local companies could also help you. These companies also offer rental pumps, which are rented because they typically cost over a thousand dollars if you were to purchase one. Additionally, they are designed for many users over many years. These are recommended by lactation professionals for those who are trying to increase their milk supply when a baby doesn't latch or doesn't have a good latch, have a baby in the NICU, are trying to induce lactation or exclusively pumping. Please note that if you are renting a pump, you should have had a private consultation with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to ensure that your medical history is considered and that all applicable aspects of the issues are being addressed.
LEARN MORE: WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SAYS
TIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE PUMPING
Every breast is different (yes, each breast, they can behave very differently) and every woman is different, so not all pumping tips will work for everyone. Techniques differ. Pumps differ. Phlanges differ (hint: try a larger size or check out the Pumpin' Pals...ask me about buying one or two from me or order the whole set of sizes online).
However, one of the biggest tips I can give you is to use "hands-on" pumping. Before pumping, massage them and shake them. While pumping, massage them. After pumping, hand-express what's left behind the areola. During pumping, smell something yummy, look at your baby or a picture of your baby, watch a video of your baby, watch funny videos, close your eyes and take a deep breath and think of your baby or something relaxing, get a massage while pumping...THAT's something your partner can do (I don't suggest you ask a co-worker!).
There are a few great videos about this, please watch them over and over again. See what techniques from the videos work for you.
I'm also available for in-office, in-home, phone or video lactation consultations! Click here for information about working with me!
Oh, and one more thing! I do a special class called Milk Harvest: Pumping and Milk-boosting Tips...click here for information about that class.
~ by Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/Registered Lactation Consultant