Your Top Breastfeeding Insurance Questions—Answered




breastfeeding insuranceFrom providing the perfect mix of nutrients to sharing beneficial immune boosters to enhancing bonding, breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. And thanks to mandated insurance changes by way of the Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding support and tools are more accessible to new moms than ever. Here, answers to the most common breastfeeding insurance questions.

How is the Affordable Care Act changing breastfeeding insurance coverage?

Insurance carriers are now required to provide breastfeeding insurance coverage to new moms without cost-sharing (read: no co-pay).

I’m not a first-time mom. Am I still eligible for breastfeeding insurance?

Yes! You’re entitled to breastfeeding insurance coverage each time you give birth. 

What, specifically, is covered under breastfeeding insurance?

With breastfeeding insurance, healthcare providers are required to cover the cost of breastfeeding support and breastfeeding equipment. That means you’re entitled to lactation education and counseling by a trained professional, either during pregnancy or after giving birth. You’re also entitled to a breast pump.

Will my insurance carrier give me the breast pump I want?

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance carriers to provide new moms with breast pumps, but it doesn’t specify the type of pump they have to provide. Your individual plan will determine whether you’re eligible for a single manual pump (the least expensive type), a single electric pump, or a double electric pump. Still, insurance companies are starting to show some flexibility on pump options, so you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for the pump you want. Find the best breast pump for you.

How can I find out the specific breastfeeding insurance my carrier offers?

Every insurance carrier is different, so it’s crucial to review the specifics of your individual plan. Call your insurance provider’s customer service line or visit their website to find out the breastfeeding products and services you’re entitled to. Find a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider about breastfeeding insurance coverage.

How do I find out where to get my breast pump? 

It's easy. To find out where to obtain your insurance-covered Medela breast pump, use the Insurance Pump Lookup tool at medelabreastfeedingus.com. Just choose your insurance provider and the state you live in, and find the answers you're looking for. 

This article is sponsored by Medela.