Common Questions About Getting a Breast Pump Through Insurance

As most expectant moms know, breast pumps are now covered under almost all insurance plans, but many ask what does that really mean?  How do I actually get a breast pump through insurance?  So, we wanted to take a minute and answer some of the most often asked questions.

How Do I Know If My Insurance Will Cover My Breast Pump?
Most insurance plans cover breast pumps, but some have restrictions on when you can receive your pump and some plans require a prescription.  If you are pregnant you should contact your insurance provider to get more information.
 
How Do I Get My Breast Pump Through Insurance?
Almost every insurance plan will require that you order your breast pump from a Durable Medical Equipment provider that is in-network with your particular insurer.  Most insurers won’t pay for a breast pump that you’ve purchased in any store or through an online retailer.   If Yummy Mummy is in-network with your insurance provider you are in luck.  You can order your pump in minutes and Yummy Mummy will take care of the rest and ship the pump straight to your door.
 
Is the Breast Pump I Get Through Insurance As Good As the Retail Pumps?
Despite what you may have heard, the breast pump you receive through insurance is the exact same pump you would buy at any retail store.  For example, if you get a Medela breast pump through insurance, you will not be receiving a watered-down or weaker breast pump than you would find at a retail store.  It might not have all of the bells and whistles accessories like a tote or cooler that a retail pump might have, but it will have the same motor, mechanics and performance.  And your insurance breast pump will come with all of the components you need to get started pumping.

What is the difference between the different breast pump brands?
There are many different brands of breast pumps on the market right now.  Yummy Mummy only offers breast pumps that we believe to be the highest quality.  Whether you choose a breast pump from Ameda, Evenflo, Hygeia, Lansinoh, Medela or Spectra, you will get a quality pump.  That said, how often, when and where you plan to pump could influence your decision. For more information, check out our blog post on how to pick the best breast pump.
 
Can I Keep My Breast Pump Forever?
Unless you rent a hospital-grade breast pump which is designed for multiple users, you can keep your personal-use breast pump forever and should not share it with other pumping moms.