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Free Breastpump! How to Get your Breastpump Covered by Insurance

When the Affordable Care Act was enacted, insurance companies were required to cover breast pumps for new moms at 100%.  There are a few grandfathered policies that are exceptions, but this is a very small percentage so it would benefit any new mom to use this information to pay for her breast pump. 
     This coverage is under preventative care so you should not need a prescription from your doctor.  There may be some stipulations mandated by your particular insurance company so you will want to get that information from them.  For example, some insurance companies are stipulating that only one breast pump will be covered every three years.  In that case, you will want to purchase a pump like the Hygeia EnJoye Breast Pump that has a three year warranty over a Medela Pump In Style that only has a one year warranty.

Use these steps to get started:
1.  Call your insurance company and ask the following questions:
     A.  Is a breast pump covered under my policy?  What type?  Is the…

Supplementing the Breastfed Baby: Lactation Aid Feeding Tubes vs Supplemental Nursing System & Lact-Aid Nursing Trainer

In my practice as a board certified lactation consultant, there were times when it was medically necessary to supplement.  Whether it was due to a poor suck or mismanaged milk supply, we need options when recovering from these issues and getting back to breastfeeding.  Many times, I would recommend finger-feeding with a syringe to keep moms from using a bottle nipple.  I would have rather recommended a Supplemental Nursing System which has a container with tubes that runs to the breast; but I didn't want to see mom spending the extra money when her budget was so tight.  At that time, the only options were the Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) by Medela and the Lact-Aid Nursing Trainer.   These cost mom $50 or more and had small tubes to be cleaned which were cumbersome.   Now, with more options available, Moms can use a short-term feeding tube which accomplishes the same thing and can be cleaned for a few days before disposing of it.  It is a small investment in comparison to…