It’s your third trimester and you have been so busy with your pregnancy, and life, that you haven’t even thought about a breast pump! You recently just found out that you can get one through insurance and you want to make sure that you are able to feed your baby so they can grow up healthy and strong. Don’t worry Mama! You are not too late! This is actually the perfect time to begin the process because many insurances require that you do wait until the third trimester before you are able to receive your breast pump.

What do I need to do to get started?

There are 2 things you should be aware of before you begin.

  1. Know your insurance benefit!

    With Aeroflow, you can fill out our Qualify Through Insurance Form and let one of our experienced Breastpump Specialists help you to know what and if you are covered.

  2. Know what documentation you need!
  3. Make sure that you talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for an Electric Breast Pump. According to what your insurance requires, you may also have to get other documentation such as medical necessity letters and doctor’s notes. Aeroflow is more than happy to help you obtain these documents!

    I am unsure of who my doctor is because I see many. How do I go about getting a prescription?

    You may see various numbers of doctors before you deliver. To ensure that you get a prescription with the correct doctor’s information we encourage that you give your doctor’s office a call. All you have to do is inform them that you are trying to get a breast pump and you need a prescription. With Aeroflow, you can take a picture of this signed prescription and email it to your representative. Your representative will then be able to move forward and take the necessary steps to get you a breast pump.

    What breast pump will I get?

    The brand of breast pump you are eligible for will depend on your insurance – Aeroflow Breastpump Specialists will determine that for you as well as your coverage! Aeroflow also offers upgrade options. With upgraded options, you pay an upgrade fee that allows you to get the accessories without having to pay for the full price of pumps! Aeroflow also offers many great options that are fully covered to meet all your breast pump needs.

    When will I get my breast pump?

    The time frame in which you can receive your pump through insurance is determined by your specific policy. Some insurance plans allow you to receive your pump at any time while others require that your baby has been born. Your Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance provider to determine this for you! Once all your information is verified and all documentation is submitted your pump will ship out on the date according to your specific insurance regulations. Aeroflow ships your breast pump through FedEx and generally only takes about a week to ship out.

    Which breast pump is the best?

    Different breast pumps work better for different people. Some popular brands to consider are Medela, Spectra, or Lansinoh. Understanding how the breast pump works will help you determine what you are looking for out of a pump. Here is a link to our Breast Pump Comparison Chart. If you have special needs that need to be met for your personal pumping experience then I would suggest talking to a lactation consultant or doctor to figure out what the best option is for you. Before speaking to your consultant be sure to know what you are covered for beforehand since the consultant can’t determine which brand that you are qualified for.

    What size breast shields do I need?

    Every mom is different and may require a particular size of breast shield to be able to pump comfortably. Most breast pumps come with a standard 24mm breast shield. Check out this helpful Breast Flange Size Chart to help you determine your size! If the breast shields that come with the pump do not fit then you will have to purchase those separately.

    Will I need to purchase anything extra for my pump?

    All pumps offered through Aeroflow come with everything medically necessary to start pumping! You should be able to pull your pump out the box and begin. There are some accessories that are not “medically” necessary, but these items may be personally necessary to be able to have a comfortable, successful breastfeeding experience. Below are some accessories our mamas love:

    • A tote or breast pump bag to carry your pump and accessories in.
    • If you are a mom on the go then a battery power is essential so that you can pump properly and make sure your baby has enough to eat while maintaining your milk supply.
    • Milk storage bags allow you to conveniently store your milk in your freezer and build a milk supply. This will ensure that there is always something there for your baby to eat!
    • For a full list of breast pump accessories click here!

    I may have my baby early but I do not have a set date, what should I do?

    DO NOT WORRY! Keeping your Breastpump Specialist up to date is important. If your doctor changes your due date or schedules you for an induction or C-section, then you should notify your representative of the change. Your Breastpump Specialist will then be able to adjust and make sure that you get your breast pump in time.

    What if my breast pump does not get here before I give birth?

    In some circumstances, such as having to wait until your baby is born to ship out your pump, you will not receive your pump before your baby is born. I personally always encourage natural feeding in the first couple of weeks of your baby’s life on earth! This not only gives your baby the nutrients that they need, but can create a special bond between you and your baby. There are circumstances in which the baby may not be able to latch on correctly and this would require a breast pump. My best advice for these situations is to contact your lactation consultant or doctor and see if they can assist you until you are able to receive your breast pump. As long as you keep in good contact with your Breastpump Specialist you should receive your breast pump no later than a week after you order it.

    Can I return the breast pump if I do not like it?

    Unfortunately, because of the personal nature of breast pumps Aeroflow Breastpumps does not take exchanges or returns. Although you can’t return or exchange the pump with Aeroflow Breastpumps you can always take advantage of the manufacturer warranty. If your pump works incorrectly these warranties will ensure that you can get the defected breast pump replaced. For more information please read our Returns Policy and our Warranty Information!

    Doug Stamper

    About the Author

    I am 26 years old and am originally from Rutherford County NC. I have an educational background in Business Administration, Cosmetology, and as a Veterinary Technician. I currently live in Hendersonville, NC and spend most of my time gardening and taking care of my 3 dogs and my parrot.

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