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Getting Insurance to Pay for Your Breast Pump

With the new Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are required to pay for your breast pump.  Many of you are asking how this works. The first step is to call your insurance company and ask the right questions:
  1. Do I have to buy from someone "in network"?   If so, get the insurance company to provide you a list.
  2. Can I buy from any DME (durable medical equipment) company?  If so, you are in luck! Lactation Connection qualifies!
 3. What paperwork do I need for reimbursement?   Make sure they email the form or provide a link to any insurance forms you need. When you buy from a DME supplier, you pay us and then your insurance company reimburses you directly.   Lactation Connection provides the correct insurance code on your receipt to help you expedite reimbursement.
  4. Where can I use my FLEX spending account credit card?   In most cases, it is a health care provider including DME providers. You can use your FLEX credit card at http://www.lactationconnection.com/
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Breast Pump Brands: Which Breast Pump Should I Buy?

Moms ask us for advice on which brand of breast pump to purchase every day.  The marketplace is saturated so it can be very confusing.  We will be comparing Ameda, Hygeia and Medela models with pros and cons to help you make your decision:


Ameda's personal pumps include the Ameda Purely Yours and Purely Yours Ultra.
Pros: 
Closed system so no blow back of bacteria from a dirty surface on your pump.
One year warranty
Optimal Suction and Speed at 60 cycles per minute.
Can be purchased with or without a tote bag to meet any budget
Bag is separate from the pump so you get more use out of your cooler/carrier
Universally threaded so fits all standard bottles
Battery compartment available for backup power source
Cons:
Because pump is outside the bag, it is slightly louder than some pumps
Valves have to be changed every 6 weeks of frequent pumping, but this also keeps unit cleaner

Hygeia's Personal Pumps include the Hygeia EnJoye EPS, EXT and LBI.
Pros:
Closed System
Three year warra…

Thank You for Nursing in Public!

The first time I nursed in public 24 years ago, we were with my husband's family at a restaurant.  He gave me a disapproving look, but he was soon educated.  My strongest memories of nursing my daughter in public were in a copy store and a family reunion.  I was in the middle of a store called Lazer Copy in Arlington 19 years ago cutting and pasting a flyer for my pump rental business.  I was perched on a stool, nursing with one hand and putting together the flyer with the other hand.  I also remember a family reunion when I was wearing a nursing top and looking for a  quiet inconspicuous corner.  My brother in law did not realize what I was doing and came to sit and talk.  He never knew!  My youngest son was a big drinker, and my strongest memory of him nursing in public was in the back pew of our church.  He was gulping so loudly that several people turned around.


I know there are those uneducated in breastfeeding that may occasionally do something stupid like ask us to leave, b…

Stocking Up and Storing Breastmilk

It is always a good idea to have a stockpile of breastmilk in the freezer.  You never know when you might have a medical procedure come up or your hubby may want to wisk you away for a romantic weekend.  Sometimes it is a daunting task to get a significant amount of breastmilk stored, so here are some tips:
1.  Pump Efficiently:  Purchase an effective breast pump.  Pumping with a bad breast pump will make any mom want to throw in the towel.  You don't have to spend $300 on a pump, but budgeting a months worth of what you would have spent on formula and getting the basic model of the Ameda Purely Yours is just the ticket at less than $150 or the Spectra S2 Breast Pump for under $200.
2.  Start Early:  Don't confuse the advice that says that you should not give your baby a bottle for 6 weeks to mean don't pump for the first six weeks.  The former is to avoid nipple confusion.  If you begin pumping in the early weeks, you will have more to store before your milk supply regula…