How to Get Your Free Breast Pump the Easy Way
This post is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. All opinions remain my own.
Getting Started With Pumping
When Reagan was born, I was determined to breastfeed. In fact, it never occurred to me that there would be any problem with the plan. Breastfeeding is free and convenient, and my mom had breastfed all three of us with no problems. So, I did what every new working mom was doing in 2011, I dropped nearly $300 on a Medela Pump In Style Advanced. Back then, there was no such thing as a free breastpump through your insurance. My expensive Medela pump had everything I thought I would need – dual pumping, a carrying case that I could use as a purse, storage bottles. Perfect!
And it did work.
Even though Reagan was diagnosed with PKU and had to be on a low-protein diet, she was able to have a little bit of breastmilk and I took my pump to work for as long as I could handle it and I was able to express a reasonable amount of milk.
Getting a Free Breastpump Through Insurance
Between 2011 when I had Reagan and 2016 when I had Harrison, the ACA went into effect, requiring most insurance plans to cover breast pumps. Yet, between 2013 and 2016, the number of baby registries containing a breast pump has actually increased. This is a bit puzzling since you can now qualify through insurance to get your FREE breast pump.
Since I was in the market for a new pump, I was ecstatic that I would not be shelling out another $300. I heard so many good things about the Spectra and really wanted to give it a try. Just so you know, I LOVED my Spectra S2. It was quiet and efficient. If your insurance will cover it, I highly recommend it. There was just one problem: dealing with insurance to actually get it! It’s not that it’s really hard, but have you ever had to deal with insurance and medical billing?
Raise your hand if you actually want to deal with them? No one? Didn’t think so. Maybe that’s why so many women are bypassing insurance and putting it on their registry.
If it was just a quick phone call, that would be one thing, but first you have to call and find out what suppliers your insurance works with, when you’re allowed to apply (there are different rules for this), get a prescription from your doctor (I forgot to ask 3 appointments in a row!), fill out all of the required paperwork and wait for them to confirm you did everything correctly. Oh, and if you request it too early in your pregnancy, they may tell you to call back at a date closer to your due date, which you will then have to remember to do.
Look, as a working mom, the last thing I want to do is waste my day on the phone trying to figure all of this out. It’s just a hassle and I am definitely anti-hassle! So, you want to know the secret for getting the best pump you qualify for without all of that hassle?
A Simple, Streamlined Solution for Moms
Aeroflow Breastpumps makes the process ridiculously easy.
All you have to do is put in your information and they will take care of the rest. They will get your prescription from your doctor and coordinate with your insurance and fill out the necessary paperwork to get you the pump you want as quickly as possible. You’ll be assigned a Breastpump Specialist that is going to help you pick out the best covered pump for your lifestyle and then do all the hard work for you. You can contact them at any point during your pregnancy and they will coordinate the timing.
About Aeroflow Breastpumps
“Aeroflow was founded in 2001, and the Breastpumps division was formed in 2013 in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act.
We recognized the need for nursing and pregnant mothers to have access to a user-friendly website that provided all the information and supplies they need for a successful breastfeeding experience, free of hassle. With this, we wanted to give mothers direct access to a Breastpump Specialist who could provide personalized advice and recommendations for a breast pump to meeteach mom’s needs and align with her lifestyle and goals. Our Breastpump Specialists navigate insurance policies and streamline the process so our moms have one less thing to plan for or worry about during their pregnancy. We carry everything a mom would need to successfully breastfeed her baby.” – Jennifer Jordan, Director of Aeroflow Breastpumps
Another thing that your Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist can help you with is finding the accessories to meet your lifestyle needs. Often insurance does not cover all the little extras that make pumping at work, well, work. You need a bag to carry everything in, an ice pack to keep everything cold, enough storage bags or bottles, and pump accessories. When I had Harrison and ordered my breastpump through insurance, but I forgot one key detail – I didn’t have a bag to carry it to work in. I spent the evening before In went back to work searching my garage for my old pumping bag. That does not have to be you! Your Breastpump Specialist will walk you through all of your options so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting something important.
Tips for Successful Pumping
- Start incorporating pumping into your daily routine right away. You want to build up as big a stash as you can.
- Go in with a plan! Talk to your boss about where and when you will be allowed to pump at work. Know what your rights are regarding breastfeeding mothers. Make sure to place a sign on the door while you are pumping.
- Plan for storage. You will need a way to keep milk cold during the day and while traveling home. The general rule is that it is good for 4 hours at room temperature, 4 days in the fridge and 4-6 months in the freezer.
- Stick to a schedule. If you don’t pump on time, you will be in a world of hurt, literally and figuratively. If you don’t pump in time, it will become physically painful and eventually will leak. Not sticking to a pumping schedule also confuses your body about how much milk to produce when. After a few days, your body will adjust to the new schedule and if you haven’t been pumping as much, your supply will suffer.
So Mamas and future mamas, preparing for a baby is tough. If you want to commit to giving your child breast milk, you are going to want a breast pump. Don’t put it on your registry, click the logo and let Aeroflow Breast pumps handle everything for you.