Many of the lactation rooms are equipped with the Medela Symphony breast pump. These are available for use by all employees. All you need to do is purchase Symphony tubing that attaches to the pump. This tubing and attachment can be purchased in the AFCH pharmacy. With an employee badge, you will receive the employee pharmacy discount. You can also find the Medela Symphony tubing and attachments on Amazon.com.
Breast Pump Selection
2017 Breast Pump Ratings: The best breast pumps of 2017 - top rated reviews
Types of Breast Pumps: Resource for breast pump selection
Expressing and Milk Storage
Pumping and Breast Milk Storage: Great resource for pumping and milk storage information
How Much Milk Should You Expect to Pump?: Resource for information on expressing milk
The 'Magic Number' and Long-Term Milk Production (Part 1): More information on expressing milk
Breastfeeding Arts: Getting off to a good start and building a good milk supply
Exclusive Pumping: The “all-you-need-to-know” guide for moms who are exclusively pumping
Babies Second Night: Essential reading for all mothers and their support network. Please read before going to the hospital.
Breast Milk and Airline Regulations: TSA Security screening of infant-care items
The Weaning Mom: A weaning handout that is direct and focused on mom’s comfort
Breastfeeding and Weaning: Steps for weaning when essential for military service
Storage and Transport
Proper Handling and Storage of Human Milk: Storage and safe handling of expressed breastmilk
The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to cover breastfeeding support and supplies for those with a private insurance carrier or commercial insurer (this law does not cover Medicaid or WIC). Benefits change frequently. Please confirm your benefits with your insurance carrier. For additional information on your specific plan, you can call the toll-free customer service number that can be found on the back of your insurance card.
For full coverage, many insurance plans require you to see an “in-network” or “participating” healthcare provider who has made pre-arrangements with the health plan to provide their services.
Breastfeeding Support Policies of Local Insurance Providers
- Quartz Health Insurance
- Physician's Plus Insurance Company
- Group Health Cooperative
- Dean Health Insurance
Questions to Ask Your Insurance Provider
- What type of pump can I get? Do I have brand options?
- Can I choose to purchase a pump “out-of-network” and submit the receipt for reimbursement?
- If I have already purchased a breast pump, can I submit a claim for reimbursement?
- Do I have to get the breast pump (or lactation visits) approved first?
- When can I get my breast pump? Before giving birth? After giving birth?
- Where can I get my breast pump?
- Does my insurance cover visits with a lactation consultant?
- Can I get reimbursed if I use a lactation consultant out-of-network?