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!

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, which I show in my prenatal Breastfeeding Ready class. 

Ask your the representative at the medical supply company 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 so if you do a Working & Pumping Consult with me, we'll do a phlange fitting and if it fits, you keep it!  Why buy a whole set and find out they don't work, instead schedule a consultation with me!

MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANIES

These local companies can help you. All or most of 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. Seeing an IBCLC during your hospital stay does NOT count in this regard.

Acelleron Medical Supply

M&M Medical Supply

Wellness Medical Supply

Cambridge Medical Supply

LEARN MORE: WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SAYS

Healthcare.gov's information about breastfeeding benefits of the ACA

The National Women's Law Center writes about the ACA and how you can be sure you're getting what you are due!

 

Massachusetts has legal requirements of companies to support pregnant and lactating folks, check out the law by clicking here.

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 smaller or larger size or check out the Pumpin' Pals.  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. 

hand expression video: Stanford breast massage: Bolman  

 

I'm also available for in-office, in-home, phone or video lactation consultations! Click here for information about working with me!

I hope you found this helpful! I'm here for you if you have any questions! If yes, let me know via email. If you need more help, let me know via email!

~ by Jeanette Mesite Frem, MHS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant/Registered Lactation Consultant