If you Breastfeed then you might want to know that your Insurance might pay for a new breast pump. The Lactation Consultant told me that I needed to give my insurance a call and see. I called and I will be getting mine pretty soon. All I needed was a prescription. Oh, and even though I was asked to get a breast pump through insurance by the Pediatric lactation consultant, my insurance wanted my OBGYN to do the prescribing. I was like…umm…ok.
Wow, I can’t believe this is really true! Was this the case when Gavin was a baby? I bought one then and I told the lactation consultant that I still had it from 5 years prior and she said it was not to be trusted. She said that the machine that runs it may not run as efficiently as it did when I first purchased it. I spent a pretty penny and kinda believed it would last forever. Really! Forever!
Formula is so Expensive! I mean really crazy expensive. There are programs like WIC to pay for formula, among other things, but for those that make too much or make just enough to be over the income requirement “line”, it’s hard to pay for both diapers, wipes, formula, toys, food, clothing, baby gates, and everything else that babies and kids need.
Breast pumps are expensive as well. Well the ones that you want anyhow. I am getting the Medela In Style Pump, which is what the insurance said they would send to me. This certain pump is sold for anywhere from $140 and up! If you decide to rent a pump the hospitals have them for rent as well. I rented mine for about 3 weeks and it cost $20 per week.
The ones that are rented from the hospital are different however. The ones from there are hospital grade. They are heavy duty. hehe…Emphasis on heavy. The hospital one even comes in a really embarrassing bright green container. Kinda reminds me of the machine that Will Smith was trying to sell in the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”. But this one is Neon green. Not exactly a machine you want to take places.
The Breast pumps that you can buy at retail stores come in pretty bags now. They can look like backpacks or purses. Or they come without the backpack or purse and you can place it inside of your own bag. This makes it stylish and not so noticeable. I don’t know about you…but I don’t want to be the center of any kind of attention like that. I mean I might have kids food smeared on my t-shirt or hair; I really don’t need another reason to be noticed for. I just want to go on my momma way.
The Honest truth is that The Price for feeding babies is just plain spendy. If you can get a break by calling your insurance and for them to pick up the tab to help with breast feeding; then go for it! It’s totally worth a shot. Even if you have to wait a long time to talk to someone from your insurance company. Or you finally get a hold of them and they give you another phone number to call too. I know, us mommas are busy but we also can use a hand. This would both help a momma out and keep money in the pocket.