Pumping should be comfortable, but you're finding it uncomfortable or painful.
You're confused about whether you have the best flange fit for you.
You wish you could pump more milk or pump milk in less time.
You have questions about pumping and going back to work.
Join other lactating people who want to pump and enjoy getting to know them while you all learn more about pumping and do a flange fitting session together!
You’ll learn about pump settings and flange sizing (and have a flange fitting session while you are pumping during this event). Attendees will be able to measure their nipples with a provided measurement tool, and each attendee will have multiple sanitized flanges to try during the flange fitting. This session includes the flanges that you'll need to use for the flange fitting but then you'll go home with the flanges that work best for you—a $22 value!
We’ll talk about milk storage and answer your pumping-specific questions, including back-to-work strategies.
Is this a feeding consultation with an IBCLC?
No, this event does NOT replace a full feeding/pumping consultation, as there are many topics that we cannot discuss during this session and/or need to be addressed privately so an IBCLC can do a full assessment of your milk supply, breast and nipple health, infant weight gain, and so much more. If you have concerns that can't be addressed during this session, it's important to have a separate consultation with an IBCLC to discuss a customized plan for you and your baby.
Who should attend?
This event is open only to people who want to pump, who recently gave birth to a baby or people who are not pregnant but working to induce lactation. As much as you may know your partner is awesome and cool, other people may not want to pump in front of someone they don’t know. :)
What if you are shy...
If you are shy, feel free to bring a nursing cover/light baby blanket, but you’ll want to be comfortable to have the IBCLC leading the session looking at your chest occasionally, while you are doing the flange fitting. You do NOT need to use a cover, but you are welcome to do so, if that makes you feel more comfortable.
What should participants bring?
Each attendee is expected to bring
- a "regular" pump, double-electric pump, but NOT a wearable pump*
- electrical cord for their pump
- all your own pump parts to start…don’t forget all the pieces: pump, tubing and all the parts you attach to the tubing.
- a couple of baby blankets to use to protect the space while pumping (attendees will be sitting on comfy floor chairs).
Can you bring your baby?
Babies welcome but ideally you’ll bring baby already fed AND bring a bottle and some milk/formula with you so we can focus on pumping during this session. However, we know for some people this may be the first time you are pumping, so bringing milk may not be feasible. Or, if you’ve already been pumping or supplementing with formula, you are welcome leave your baby in the safe care of a trusted friend or relative elsewhere and join us to enjoy a little time out without your baby—totally up to you!
*this event is NOT for wearable pumps at this time, only for traditional pumps that have a collection bottle and flange attached to the end of tubing (and the tubing is connected to the pump). If you have questions about whether your pump is appropriate, text Jeanette at 617-686-0052 with a photo of your pump and the parts you are questioning.
Does Health Insurance Reimburse for this?
After this event, you will be provided (via email) with a Superbill, which you can use to submit to your health insurance (some will reimburse).
However, we cannot guarantee reimbursement, but your health insurance MAY reimburse for this event, as it is considered breastfeeding counseling, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. If your health insurance does reimburse for this, however, it MAY reduce the number of lactation/breastfeeding counseling visits your insurance will reimburse you for. Several insurance companies in Massachusetts reimburse for unlimited sessions, others may have a limit (six is a common number for those that have a limit), and some won't reimburse for any sessions, anyway. Please contact your health insurance and ask them what the REIMBURSE (do NOT use the word "cover") related to lactation and breastfeeding counseling. If they say nothing or "only with an in-network provider", then demand to speak to a manager. Additionally, if they say "an in-network provider", then ask them for a list of providers who are IBCLCs that ARE in-network with them.
On MassHealth as your primary insurance? Use the code MASSHEALTHAPPT for a 50% discount (only if MH is your primary insurance). MassHealth will NOT reimburse, so a Superbill will not be provided.
in a private meeting room at the Babies in Common office in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Jeanette Mesite Frem, IBCLC. Jeanette’s colleague, Chere Jalali, IBCLC, may also be there.
Saturday, March 2, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$86 per person
This is a 1.5 hour event, but allow some extra time for yourself after the event ends to linger and chat with others. A minimum of 3 registrants is required to run this event and a maximum of 6 may register at this time.
50% discount for parents on MassHealth as their primary insurance. Use the code MASSHEALTHAPPT when you register, and then send a photo of your MassHealth card to firstname.lastname@example.org
A consent form will need to be signed and a short questionnaire will also need to be completed online during your registration for this event. Registration online, along with payment, is required in advance.
Click here to fill out the Consent Form.