One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned.
I stumbled upon Aeroflow Breastpumps, maybe through one of my many subscriptions to pregnancy and mommy publications, but I can’t remember exactly. What I can tell you is, that was a HUGE find for me. All I had to do was enter my information and *they* did all the work contacting my insurance and giving me a list of all approved breast pumps. The approved breast pumps are free of charge to me as they are covered by insurance. Then I just selected the pump I wanted, and purchased any additional accessories I wanted (only if I wanted them), and placed my order directly with Aeroflow.
Below is what their Qualify Through Insurance page looks like (click for a larger view). You just fill out that form, and as you can see there are 3 easy steps.
They even have a PDF breast pump comparison chart you can download to help you make your decision.
I have Blue Cross Blue Sheild, and so I was told the following breast pumps were covered:
– Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set (57081) – This pump features Medela’s patented 2 phase expression technology and compact motor in a soft case which fits perfectly into Medela’s Breastpump Bag (sold Separately)
– Ameda Purely Yours (17070PMW) – This pump features Proven AirlocK Protection and Custom Control as well as having the option to power by batteries. It also includes the carrying tote!
– Tomy MiPump (Y4613) – This pump comes with a tote bag and the option to put batteries in the bottom and use it on the go.
I ended up picking the Medela Pump in Style Advanced based on the good things I heard about it and recommendations from others. The Ameda sounded good too, but I was just more familiar with the Medela. I hadn’t even heard of the Tomy. The representative that replied to my request also gave me a chart of upgrades should I choose them, based on my insurance coverages. I got the Medela Pump In Style Advanced pump and decided to get the battery pack add-on. That way, if I’m out without a place to plug in, I have a backup power source. I used it while riding in a car once, so maybe it wasn’t a necessary purchase. I probably would have been better off getting a car adapter. Oh well, live and learn, right?
One other great thing about Aeroflow is they send me reminders that I’m eligible for free replacement pump parts every few months! I got my pump in September originally, and in December and a few weeks ago they sent me a reminder to order the replacement pieces through them. All I had to do was click the link and confirm my email for eligibility. They did the rest and the supplies were shipped to my house. Easy peasy.
Hope this information is helpful to someone and feel free to share any of your own tips related to breast pumps.