Breast Pump Information
A breast pump is a device that allows breastfeeding mothers the flexibility to return to work and at the same time, to provide breast milk to their babies. There are many styles of breast pumps. Most pumps are portable and fall into two categories: electric and manual.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING AND PUMPING FOR ME AND MY BABY?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, providing breast milk to babies can benefit the mothers’ health, as well as the child. Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of women’s health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression. The health benefits for babies include a decreased risk of respiratory, ear or gastrointestinal infections, dermatitis or eczema, diabetes, leukemia or SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE PAY FOR THE BREAST PUMP AND/OR SUPPLIES?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration’s website, the Affordable Care Act expands coverage for women’s health to preventative services, as well as “breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling in conjunction with each birth.” Insurance coverage and reimbursement vary among health plans. It is important to review your plan’s criteria before giving birth.
HOW CAN I GET A BREAST PUMP AND/OR SUPPLIES?
You will need a prescription for a breast pump from your healthcare provider. Insurance plans coverage guidelines often dictate the timeframe in which you must obtain the breast pump.
HOW DO I ORDER MY BREAST PUMP AND/OR SUPPLIES?
Call us at 844.PCS.MOMS (844.727.6667) to order your breast pump. A customer service representative will ask you for your information and verify insurance coverage on your behalf.
For further information regarding breast pumps and breastfeeding, please visit our Helpful Links section to the right.
Content Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.