Breast pump covered by insurance

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Breast pump covered by insurance

I mention this because I found out my current insurance covers breast pumps. Make sure to check your insurance benefits and/or talk to your insurance rep if you plan on getting a breast pump. If it is covered make sure you follow their rules to get reimbursement (e.g., if it needs pre-approval, if precription required, if you have to buy through pre-approved supplier vs can get one at retail store, if only particular brands are covered).

My policy had it listed under medical equipment and when I talked to a rep, she said I could buy at retail store (like BabiesRUs) and send in receipt with claims form and they allow reimbursement up to $300. I'm excited because I just had a manual pump last time but I ended up getting mastitis six times and weaning DS at nine months so I'm hoping this will help me nurse longer.

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Oh wow soo sorry you had such difficulties BF, and mastitis 6 times is alot. I only ever had blocked ducts a few times and nipple Blebs which are super pain full.
I never ever got unclogged by using my medela swing pump, I only every could unblock it by Nursing nursing nursing, moist heat compress and hot showers.
I also never was able to respond
o a pump well.
I am weaning Lilly right now, i have been feeling soo guilty too, since my milk dried up about 2 weeks ago.
I know my body is working hard on next lo. We are down to nursing at bed time and in the am. i know it is only for comfort. I have been giving extra cuddles. I also never realized until this week how much i was saving on milk since we go through almost half a gallon a day now that i have no mommies milk left. does that sound weird? i guess it mite sound odd, but how would i know how much milk a toddler really drinks if she is my first.

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"Chris_85" wrote:

Oh wow soo sorry you had such difficulties BF, and mastitis 6 times is alot. I only ever had blocked ducts a few times and nipple Blebs which are super pain full.
I never ever got unclogged by using my medela swing pump, I only every could unblock it by Nursing nursing nursing, moist heat compress and hot showers.
I also never was able to respond
o a pump well.
I am weaning Lilly right now, i have been feeling soo guilty too, since my milk dried up about 2 weeks ago.
I know my body is working hard on next lo. We are down to nursing at bed time and in the am. i know it is only for comfort. I have been giving extra cuddles. I also never realized until this week how much i was saving on milk since we go through almost half a gallon a day now that i have no mommies milk left. does that sound weird? i guess it mite sound odd, but how would i know how much milk a toddler really drinks if she is my first.

My biggest issue was that I ran out of time to pump at work frequently because my schedule was tight with patient sessions...if something ran just a little too long or late then it screwed me for pumping time. I could almost predict that after a work day of shortened or missed pumping sessions added to my sleep deprivation and stress that I was going have mastitis again Sad I hope the double breast pump this time around will at least help me make the most of what pumping time I have left.

Wow, you do go through a lot of milk in your family now. DS drinks about 16 oz a day. Dh doesn't really drink milk and I prefer almond milk for cereal so a gallon of 2% milk around our house lasts about a week.

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Our insurance covers one, with a prescription, and it can not be a hospital grade pump and it has to be ordered from a supplier. Ugh. I might just get the Medela or Avent pumps and suck it up. Has anyone had any experience with the Avent? I love their bottles and have never heard anyone who used the pumps.

We go through about 4 gallons of milk a week. -sigh- Stetson and DH are lactose intolerant so it has to be lactaid, or silk. My pocket book is crying just thinking about it.