Everything You Need To Know About Breast Pumps {Including How To Get One Free!}

For new moms, the decision of whether or not to use a breast pump can be a difficult one. On the one hand, pumps can be expensive and awkward to use, but they offer many benefits, including increased milk production and the ability to store milk for later use. If you're still on the fence about whether or not to use a breast pump, here's what you need to know, including how breast pumps work, the benefits of using one, and how to get a free breast pump.

How Do Breast Pumps Work?

Breast pumps work by using suction to draw milk out of the breasts and into a storage container. You can adjust the level of suction depending on your needs, however. For some women, manual pumps are sufficient, while others prefer electric pumps for their increased speed and efficiency.

What Are The Benefits of Using a Breast Pump?

There are many benefits to using a breast pump, including:

  • Increased milk production. Regular pumping can help stimulate milk production, making it easier to maintain a consistent supply.
  • Flexibility. Pumping allows you to store milk for later use, giving you the flexibility to take breaks from breastfeeding as needed.
  • Relief from engorgement. Pumping can help relieve engorgement (painful swelling of the breasts due to excessive milk production) by emptying the breasts and reducing milk production.
  • Bonding with baby. If you're unable to breastfeed directly due to latching issues, work, or other commitments, or if your partner wants bonding time with the baby, pumping gives you another option with expressed milk.

How Do You Get A Free Breast Pump?

The Affordable Care Ac requires that all insurance plans cover breastfeeding support and supplies, including breast pumps. This means that if you have health insurance, you can get a free breast pump through your insurance company.

All you need to do is contact your insurer and let them know that you'd like to receive a breast pump. They'll likely require a prescription from your doctor, so be sure to ask for one at your next appointment. Once you have everything in order, your insurer will send you a list of participating providers from which you can choose the pump that's right for you.

As a new mom, there's a lot to think about when it comes to breastfeeding. One important decision is whether or not to use a breast pump. You now have all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not a breast pump is right for you. 

For more information about free breast pumps, contact a local insurance company.