In 2010 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as "Obamacare" was passed some parts were strewn on every website, television station, magazine and newspaper. There were some parts of the plan that were not highly publicized. Some people were happy with the new changes and most were not. One of the better things coming from this new healthcare reform was a gift so to speak for
expecting mom's and
their newborn babies (maybe up until weaning age, although I am not positive.) Insurance companies are required to pay all or a portion of your new breast pump. Why? Other than it is the right thing to do, healthcare providers know that breastfed babies are healthier than their bottle fed counter parts. I mean no disrespect to those that have chosen to bottle feed as I bottle fed my own four children. The insurance company's are to pay for the supplies and support. The type, plan and network of your insurance is what decides the amount or portion that will be covered. Most private insurances will pay up to 100% of the cost.
As I understand it the woman would get in touch with either her insurance company to make sure they participate (most insurance companies are required to participate, 77% say they do.) Then (or even if they did not talk to the health insurance provider) the next step would be to contact a healthcare company that sells breast pumps. Most insurance companies that pay for breast pumps also pay for lactation counseling. I have listed a few of the breast pump distributors down below.
From The Medela Wedsite:
Best for Baby:
Research shows that breastfed infants have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.
Colostrum (the first milk) is a gentle, natural laxative that helps clear baby’s intestine, decreasing the chance for jaundice to occur.
The superior nutrition provided by breastmilk benefits your baby’s IQ.
Breastfeeding is a gentle way for newborns to transition to the world outside the womb.
The skin-to-skin contact encouraged by breastfeeding offers babies greater emotional security and enhances bonding.
The activity of sucking at the breast enhances development of baby’s oral muscles, facial bones, and aids in optimal dental development.
Breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of obesity and hypertension.
Breastfeeding delays the onset of hereditary allergic disease, and lowers the risk of developing allergic disease.
Breastfeeding helps the baby’s immune system mature, protecting the baby in the meantime from viral, bacteria, and parasitic infections.
Breastfeeding increases the effectiveness of immunizations, increasing the protection against polio, tetanus, and diphtheria vaccines.
Breastfeeding protects against developing chronic diseases such as: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, and childhood cancers.
The benefits of breastfeeding appear to last even after the baby has been weaned.
Lack of Breastfeeding Increases the Risk to the Infant of:
Gastrointestinal and diarrheal infections
NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis)
Best for Mother:
Research shows that breastfeeding benefits the health of mothers.
Breastmilk is always fresh, perfectly clean, just the right temperature, and is the healthy choice at the least cost!
Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss and encouraging rapid uterine toning.
From 3 months to 12 months postpartum, breastfeeding increases the rate of weight loss in most nursing mothers.
Breastfeeding offers some protection against the early return of fertility.
Because breastfed babies are healthier, their mothers miss less work and spend less time and money on pediatric care.
Breastfeeding women report psychological benefits such as increased self-confidence and a stronger sense of connection with their babies.
Lack of Breastfeeding Increases the Risk to the Mother of:
Urinary tract infection
Pre-and post-menopausal breast cancer
Aeroflow Breastpumps .