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Breast Pump Insurance Coverage & Reimbursement

As the Affordable Care Act is enacted and more and more moms are becoming aware of the benefits of it, we are learning more and more about getting insurance to cover your breast pump.
 First, don't take "no" for an answer.  Call your insurance company.  If the representative tells you that a breast pump is not covered ask why.  Some insurance companies are still classifying breast pumps as "personal comfort" items.  According to the US Government Department of Health & Human Services, " Non-grandfathered plans and issuers are required to provide coverage without cost sharing consistent with these guidelines in the first plan year (in the individual market, policy year) that begins on or after August 1, 2012."
The Affordable Care Act covers Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling.  Some insurance companies are covering hospital grade breast pump rentals, but others are covering quality personal use pumps sold by DME supplies lik…

Breastfeeding Herbs: Is it all Fenugreek to You?

Herbs can be confusing because not all herbs are created equal. Cheaper herbs can loose their efficacy quickly.  For increasing milk supply you want a high quality brand Fenugreek in a trusted brand  like Nature's Way Fenugreek for maximum freshness and potency if taking in capsule form. You also need to take the appropriate dosage for your weight.  If you are an average weight and taking  610-626 mg capsules, you should take three capsules three times daily which is a total of 9 capsules per day.  If you are a plus sized mom, you should take 5 capsules three times daily for a total of 15 capsules per day.  Below is a height and weight chart for the average women 18-34 for the purposes of dosage:
4'10"-5' 90-128 lbs
5'1"-5'3" 101-141 lbs
5'4"-5'6" 111-155 lbs
5'7"-5'9" 111-169 lbs
5'10"-6'   132-184 lbs
Fenugreek can also be taken in the form of tea.   Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother's Milk Tea c…

Comparing Hygeia Breast Pump Models

The Hygeia EnJoye Breast Pump has become our most requested pump of 2013, but the different models can be confusing.  First, all EnJoye pumps have the same motor with the same three year warranty. All three are "green" pump so they are approved by the FDA for multi-person uses so can be resold.  If you are purchasing a used Hygeia EnJoye you will need your own sanitary double pumping kit which includes the tubing, filters bottles and valves. And all three have the CARE function witch is an audio recording device to record your baby's coos or cries and play them back to assist with let down while pumping.  The distinctions are below:
Hygeia EnJoye EPS Breast Pump has an external power supply (AC adapter) only and can be purchased on our site with or without a tote.
Hygeia EnJoye EXT Breast Pump has both the AC adapter and an external AA battery pack.  You can purchase these with a brown or black tote which makes a very nice diaper bag as well.
Hygeia EnJoye LBI Breast P…