Christine Sweeney, LICSW Program Manager, Parent Connection, BIDMC
MAY 27, 2020
During the last weeks of pregnancy, most moms have given some thought as to how they intend to feed their baby, be it breastfeed, formula feed, or some combination of both. Most moms who are planning to nurse, and certainly working moms may also have considered that at some point along their breastfeeding journey, will need something the likes of which they have never experienced before, a breast pump. At first glance, it can be a pretty intimidating product, what with the hoses, and cups and sound of the motor; but for many it’s a necessary product that in a short while becomes very familiar. It is what it is, and hopefully it does its job quickly and efficiently.
Figuring out how to use a breast pump is one thing, but what can be a whole lot trickier is understanding your insurance coverage. Insurance companies vary widely, so it's a really good idea to find out what your coverage is before you go out and lay down some serious cash, and before you arrive on our postpartum units. For information about insurance coverage and breast pumps, read the US Department of Health & Human Services's FAQ page.
Most medical supply companies work with insurance companies, and some even deliver to postpartum units (yes, even during COVID19 restrictions). If you’d like to order your pump prior to delivery, you’ll just need your OB to write and fax a prescription. Many breast pump suppliers may also deliver directly to your home. Just give them a call!