Planning to pump? Have any idea on how to get a free breast pump? Neither did I. I was researching online about different kinds of breast pump, where to purchase and how much it would cost. It wasn’t until a friend mentioned to me that I could potentially get a free breast pump via my insurance company. I immediately contacted my insurance company (Cigna) and was informed that I was eligible for a free breast pump! I was relieved to hear this since I was concerned on how much a breast pump retails for. Now that I have this knowledge, I felt that it was only fair to spread the wealth.
Here is how you can get a free breast pump:
1. Contact your insurance company
The best way to start this process is to contact your insurance company and talk to them about their breast pump policy. Most, if not all insurance companies should cover a free breast pump with a prescription from your OB. In addition, most insurance companies won’t allow you to order to one until week 32 of your pregnancy. So please speak with your insurance and ask all the questions you have!
2. Provide Prescription:
Once your prescription, contact the breast pump supplier (covered under your insurance) or insurance carrier (whichever will provide one for you). If your insurance company does have a breast pump supplier, provide them with your prescription and any other information they may need. In my case, Medela was my breast pump supplier and they did need my DOB and ID in order to verify said information.
3. Choosing your Breast Pump:
Discuss with your Breast Pump Supplier the different kinds of pumps they have. Some of these are:
- Manual: They’re the least expensive and as the name suggests, you’ll be pumping by hand. These work best for moms who want to relieve their engorged breasts.
- Single Electric:Works similar to a manual pump but now its electric. Downfall, you can only pump one breast at a time.
- Double Electric: These are the most common and ideal for moms who are going back to work and need to pump more than once a day. This cuts downs the amount of time you spend pumping. Plus, the more you pump the more milk supply you’ll have.
- Hospital Grade Pump: These are given to mothers who are having medical issues that is prohibiting them from breastfeeding properly or for mothers who have children in the NICU. You can’t purchase these but you can rent them. There are also specific requirements for these pumps aside from the ones mentioned above (in order to be covered by an insurance company).
After all of this done, sit back and wait for your pump to come in the mail.
In the end, you need to find out is covered under your insurance carrier and how you can go about it. Also do your search about each breast pump brand and what type is best for you. Some may need to have a hospital grade pump or an electric pump, while other may prefer a manual one. In my next post, I’ll discuss how to set up your breast pump. It may seem daunting but I can assure, its not that difficult.