Navigating All The Red Tape

The Affordable Care Act enables new mothers to obtain free breastfeeding supplies (like a new breastpump) and support. Find out how you can get yours, hassle free.

Woman breastfeeding her baby

Affordable Care Act issues

Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act entitles new moms to breastfeeding support and supplies, many are running into roadblocks as they are trying to obtain their benefits such as:

  • Not getting a breast pump that fits their needs - For example, some providers have decided that a manual pump is the best option for all moms. Others are offering low quality pumps that could even cause nipple trauma if they aren’t the right fit.
  • Trying to navigate the system - Does new mom pay out of pocket? Will the provider pay? Does the new mom submit the paperwork?
  • Misinformation - The language in the provision is quite vague. Because of this, many insurance plan representatives are unclear about the details of this benefit, resulting in miscommunication to the mother.
  • Inefficient processes - Many new moms who try to take advantage of the Obamacare provision are given a list of durable medical equipment providers (DMEs) to call and find a breast pump. This could be as long 10 to 100 contacts that may or may not offer breast pumps.

Help in your corner

However, Pumping Essentials is now serving as a resource and point of contact for new moms who are trying to obtain their free breast pump. Pumping Essentials can translate what they’re actually eligible for under the Affordable Care Act when looking at their specific health insurance plan. Aiming to serve as the middle-man between new moms and their insurance provider, the organization's mission is to help mothers obtain the best breast pump for their individual needs bundled with the value-added accessory of a hands-free pumping bra -- a key tool that provides the convenience of being able to multi-task while pumping, which is so important to today’s busy mom.

Beneficial partnership

Pumping Essentials has recently partnered with Isis Parenting, a prenatal and early parenting resource, to offer new moms "Pump Talk," an online program designed to educate breastfeeding mothers on the ins and outs of breastfeeding including expressing and storing milk, building a strong milk supply, nursing baby and preparing to return to work as a nursing mother.

More new mom resources and support

Social support can help women avoid postpartum depression
Breastfeeding support: Common breastfeeding problems and solutions
How to get help with breastfeeding

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Gelther September 26, 2013
I have not read the Happiest Baby on the Block, but my DW is always rinaedg different parenting and child raising books, so I tend to get the cliff-notes versions of them later on.We did know about swaddling, sucking(I would use my pinkie(nail down) and DS liked it better than pacifier), shushing and swinging, I did not hear about the side/stomach positions though. That is interesting to know. We read the Dr. Sears books before having DS, and I actually read this (or most of it anyway).Since DW was better at putting the LO to bed, she did it most of the time, until recently. I wish I started helping out with that sooner. It is amazing how overwhelming a simple task of putting a baby to bed is. I wrote down the steps to the routine, to make sure I didn't miss anything.Biggest dad mistake, would probably be getting frustrated with DS when he wouldn't go to sleep. Little did I know, that my frustration was actually making it much harder for him to settle down and go to sleep.It really helped me to keep in mind that a baby doesn't cry for no reason(usually) and there is a reason for them crying(hungry, tired, gas, dirty diaper, etc.). The reason DS was crying was mostly due to being exhausted and wanting to fall asleep, keeping this in mind that my son was having just as hard a time as me and he wanted to fall asleep just as much as I wanted him to totally changed my frustration into compassion and sympathy, this made those rough nights a lot easier, on both of us.