Savannah: As a first-time mom, I was utterly lost in figuring out many things. I was so worried about finding the perfect items, and more importantly the safest. Throughout my pregnancy, I was looking for breast pumps because I wanted to breastfeed. I saw one that I liked that was around $300 and realized I’d have to save a lot of money to get it. I pretty much was ready to throw in the towel for trying to breastfeed. I even put it on my registry in hopes someone would get it, but no luck.
Once I had given birth at the hospital, the lactation specialist came in to help with Xanders latch because I had said that I wanted to try breastfeeding. She asked if I had a pump yet, and I said I hadn’t gotten one yet, and said they were so expensive. She then mentioned that I could get one through my insurance. I was shocked; I had not known that at all! I realized that maybe not all moms out there (at least first-time moms) were aware that they could get a breast pump through their insurance! Below is a service by Areoflow Breastpumps that helps expecting moms with attaining a breast pump. Had I known about them when I was pregnant, life would have been a lot easier, and much less stressful!
Aeroflow Breast Pumps: Just because somethings required doesn’t mean it’s easy. Starting in 2013, the ACA’s breastfeeding benefit stipulated health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. That includes a breast pump.
Why You Should Have a Breast Pump
The most common reason a mom uses a breast pump is to return to work and continue to provide breast milk for her baby. But that’s not all. A breast pump can support a mom’s breastfeeding goals in a variety of ways. It can help manage engorgement or draw out inverted nipples. Building a supply of expressed milk means your partner can take the responsibility and joy of feeding. The breast milk supply can be used in case you are unable to breastfeed your baby.
One of the most generous things you could do with an excess breast milk supply is, donate it. For premature babies in the NICU, breast milk is one of the most powerful things to help their development. As you can imagine, expressing milk in those situations is extremely stressful. Donating to milk banks helps preemies get the breast milk they need safely and efficiently.
The Aeroflow Breastpumps Process
Aeroflow Breastpumps makes the process of getting a breast pump covered through your insurance as easy as possible. Each mom has her own dedicated Breastpump Specialist who navigates the insurance claim by taking care of all the paperwork, phone calls, and prescription requests so you can take it easy. The Breastpump Specialist also helps mom pick the perfect pump.
We take care of everything, including:
- Contacting your physician for a prescription
- Recommending breast pump options based on your lifestyle and breastfeeding goals
- Informing you if certain resupply options are available under your insurance plan
- Billing and processing insurance claims for a breast pump
- Shipping your breast pump to your door, free of charge!
To get started, Aeroflow’s qualify through insurance form asks for a few bits of information such as address, due date, and insurance provider.
Pick a pump
The first decisions to make is choosing a manual or electric pump. We always suggest a double electric pump. A manual pump is an ideal secondary or backup pump. Because of the strain, it puts on your hand, it would be tiring to use for each pump session.
Your insurance plan will (probably) cover an electric pump. Aeroflow carries double electric pumps that can also be used as a single electric pump. Your Breastpump Specialist will explain the different electric pumps you qualify for and how they differ.
Some things to consider are how often you will pump, the size of the pump, its power source, the suction power, and noise level.
- Size Context– An easy way to understand the size of the pump is what bag you carry the pump in. None of the pumps are heavy, but some require larger bags to conveniently carry. For the larger pumps or if you’re commuting with your breast pump every day, a breast pump bag makes for an essential accessory.
- Suction Power- Each pump has enough suction to express breast milk. A mom will need a more powerful pump if she plans to exclusively pump and/or is returning to work or school. The more powerful pump can hold up for longer over a more extended time period. The Medela Pump in Style Advanced is a reliable If a mom will be able to nurse her baby the majority of the time and only needs the pump to supplement, suction power isn’t as important to consider. We do suggest first-time moms consider a stronger pump because she won’t know what her milk supply will be like. A strong pump can help encourage her milk supply.
- Noise Level– If you’re returning to work or going back to school, you might worry about the noise levels. Is it quiet enough for a conference call? Will my coworkers know when I’m pumping? None of the pumps are loud, but you might hear your pump talking to you. The Motif Duo & The Spectra S2 are the quietest pumps.
After you choose your breast pump, we ship it straight to your door.