Breast Pump Resources and Knowledge

 Breast Pumps Covered by the Affordable Care Act

 The Affordable Care Act became the law on March 23, 2010. It requires insurance companies to cover breastfeeding equipment, as well as comprehensive lactation support and counseling from a trained provider, during pregnancy and/or after you give birth. But not all insurance companies fulfill this requirement in the same way. Your benefits are based on your individual insurance company and your specific insurance plan.

In certain circumstances, you may be able to get a breast pump even if your insurance coverage is inadequate. For example, if your baby is premature or has a medical condition that makes it difficult to nurse, or if you are receiving Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, you may be eligible to receive a breast pump.

What Breast Pumps Are Covered?

 - Most of health plans provide the full cost of a breast pump; others provide only a portion of the cost, or a set dollar amount that is allowable towards a breast pump, and you are responsible for the rest of the cost.

- Some cover only the rental of a breast pump; others allow you to own one.

- Most of plans require a prescription for a breast pump; others do not.

- Some plans offer benefits out of network; others require that you stay in your network, or acquire your breast pump from a source that the insurance company approves.

In order to be eligible for insurance coverage, a breast pump must be purchased through a certified durable medical equipment (DME) provider such as Zynitech Medical.  For more readings, click here.

At Zynitech,we have all major brands of breast pumps in stock for you to select:

- Ameda breast pumps

- Hygeia breast pumps

- Medela breast pumps

   

How Much A Breast Pump is Covered by My Insurance?

- Health plans do not dictate which brand or which type of breast pump patients can have.  

- Hospital grade breast pumps are usually not covered for purchase, rental only

- Most of health plans cover the full cost of a breast pump but only to a certain allowable amount which will limit breast pump selection based on its price. Patients can pay upgrade fee for their favorite models.  Other health plans provide only a portion of the cost, patients are responsible for the rest of the cost.

- Most insurance plans coverage is sufficient for the base models including Ameda Purely Yours, Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter set, others will requre upgrade fee out of pocket. 

- Most of health plans require a prescription for a breast pump.

- Some plans offer benefits out of network; others require that you stay in your network, or acquire your breast pump from a source that the insurance company approves.

 

How to Buy a Breast Pump Through My Insurance?

 Zynitech Medical is a designated DME supplier, and is therefore able to provide the finest quality breast pumps available on the market today inlcuding double electric breast pumps and accessories.

We make it easy to purchase a breast pump through your insurance.

To place order for a breats pump, Just click button "Insurance Order" under each breast pump labeled "Insurance Product", we can verify your coverage and let you know your options.  We take care of all the paperwork.  A prescription is not needed until you decide to move forward to complete the order.

 

How to Select a Breast Pump?

Today’s breast-feeding moms find that a breast pump is as essential as a car seat. Whether you’re going back to work, or need help building your milk supply, or want to allow the baby’s dad or siblings to enjoy feeding the baby without sacrificing the best nutrition, a breast pump is the solution. With so many high-quality breast pumps available on the market, it can be difficult for a new mom to choose.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you select the pump that is just right for your family.

How often will you use a breast pump?

If your milk supply is well established, and you have to be away from your baby only occasionally, you might just need a simple manual pump. To work a manual pump, you just place a cone-shaped shield on your breast and squeeze the handle, and you’ll express your milk easily into a bottle or bag. Then you can store the milk in the refrigerator or freezer (or an insulated cooler if you’re away from home) and feed it to your baby later, or leave it for a caregiver. If you’re going to be away from your baby more than a few hours each day, or if you’re going back to work full-time, you’ll probably need to express your milk more often. Then, an electric pump is a better choice.

How much time do you have to pump?

Usually, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pump each breast. If you need to express your milk more quickly, like on your coffee break at work, you’ll do well to purchase a double electric pump, which will allow you to pump both breasts at the same time. Since your body will “let down” milk into both breasts at once, a double pump will trim your pumping time by half, and will also help stimulate your milk production.

Are you concerned about safety and hygiene?

There are genuine concerns about safety and hygiene when using a breast pump. One issue is Bisphenol-A, or BPA, a plastic resin that has been linked to certain health risks. All the breast pumps offered by Zynitech are free of BPA in all components that come in contact with your breast milk. Another concern is backflow, which occurs when the milk you are expressing travels back down the tubes toward the pump, and presents a hygiene risk for mold and transmission of viruses. Most Zynitech pumps feature backflow protection.

Do you need a portable pump?

If you will be expressing your milk on the go, look for a breast pump that is lightweight and easy to transport. You may also be concerned about being discreet, so a pump that is quiet is important. Some portable pumps come with a handy tote and an insulated cooler to keep the milk fresh. Zynitech offers portable pumps that are powerful, quiet, and lightweight.

Do you want adjustable suction and speed?

Because different babies suckle in different ways, and because every mother is unique, it is a good idea to look for a breast pump with adjustable vacuum strength (how hard the pump “sucks”) and cycle (how often the pump “sucks”). With adjustable controls, you can set the pump’s speed and strength to achieve the most pleasant and efficient pumping experience. Some pumps even have a “let-down” mode to help stimulate milk production, and can then be adapted to a pumping cycle that best mimics your baby’s nursing style and your own physical comfort. Some pumps are programmable, so that once you discern what you need for effective, comfortable expression of your milk, you can set the pump to remember your preferences.

Do you need battery power?

An electric pump needs a power source. If you are going to pump your breasts away from an electrical outlet, look for a pump with a rechargeable battery. If you have frequent power outages at your home, you may want to keep a manual pump on hand for emergencies.

What does your insurance cover?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Under this reform of the health care industry, insurance companies are required to cover breast pumps under “women’s preventive services.” This means that, depending on your policy coverage, you can get a pump for free before the baby arrives or during the first months after the baby is born. Some policies also cover comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers.

Different insurance carriers meet this requirement in different ways. For example, the cost of a manual pump might be totally covered, but you may still be able to get an electric pump if you pay the difference yourself. Only breast pumps provided by Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers are covered. Zynitech is a DME-accredited company, and we work with all major insurance companies to help you get the pump you need, often at no cost to you.

In certain circumstances, your eligibility may be expanded to cover a more expensive pump. For example, if your baby is premature or has a medical condition that makes it hard to nurse, or if you receive benefits from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), you may be eligible to receive a breast pump, or to upgrade to an electric pump instead of a manual.

Zynitech Medical Can Help

We can help you select the right breast pump and file all the necessary forms so that you can get your pump for free. If you insurance requires you to purchase the pump yourself and file for reimbursement, we can help with that, too. Because Zynitech is an accredited DME (Durable Medical Equipment) company, all our pumps are eligible for purchase through insurance.

  

Breast Feeding Benefits for Mothers

You know that feeding your own breast milk to your infant is best for her, providing Nature’s perfect food, full of just the right sugars, fats, and proteins for her little tummy. You also know that breast milk contains antibodies and trace elements that protect her from illness and cannot be duplicated in formula. But did you know that there are significant benefits to moms, too, making breastfeeding a win/win for everyone?! The benefits continue even when you begin to use a breast pump, and store your milk to feed to your baby later, or to allow someone else the sublime pleasure and bonding experience of feeding a newborn.

Breastfeeding Saves Money

You don’t have to purchase, measure, and mix formula, which can cost hundreds of dollars each year, depending on how much your baby eats. Breastfed infants are sick less often, which can lower health care costs, and keep mothers from missing work days to stay home with a sick baby.

Breastfeeding Reduces Your Risk of Postpartum Depression

The National Institutes of Health has concluded that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding -- even while using a breast pump -- triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which promotes nurturing and relaxation, and can also help lower your blood pressure. If you are depressed, talk to your healthcare practitioner about safe ways to treat your depression while breastfeeding your baby.

Breastfeeding Reduces Your Risk of Illnesses

The longer you breastfeed, the more you are protected against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding for at least a year appears to garner you the most protection. Researchers believe that this protection comes from the fact that lactation suppresses the amount of estrogen produced by your body.

Breastfeeding also reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Because the body uses extra calories to produce breast milk, many mothers find that they return more quickly to their pre-pregnancy weight when they breastfeed. Nursing (or pumping your breasts) helps your uterus contract after birth, resulting in less postpartum bleeding. There is also some evidence that nursing may protect you from osteoporosis. Many mothers find that breastfeeding exclusively will delay the return of their normal ovulation and menstrual cycles, which can provide a natural form of birth control (you should still talk to your healthcare provider about contraceptive options).

Share the Love

When you use a breast pump, you can take a much-needed break from the demands of your newborn and let someone else feed him. Dad, a babysitter, or an older sibling can benefit from the joy and bonding that occur when feeding the baby, and the baby can still receive the optimum nutrition and health benefits that come from your own breast milk. Your baby will benefit from having his mother being well-rested, fed, bathed, and cared for herself!

 

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Babies

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial source of nutrition and provides the healthiest start for an infant. In addition to the nutritional benefits, breastfeeding promotes a unique and emotional connection between mother and baby.”

Colostrum is Liquid Gold

Colostrum (pronounced “coh-LOSS-trum”), also known as early breast milk, is the thick yellow milk that your body creates during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies, which protect your baby as soon as she starts nursing. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount her tiny stomach can hold.

Breast Milk Changes as Baby grows 

Within three to five days after birth, colostrum changes into mature breast milk, which has exactly the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein your baby needs in order to grow and thrive. It is thinner than colostrum, and provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs after the first few days.

Breast Milk Is Easy for Baby to Digest

For most babies — especially premature babies — breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk, which is designed for baby cows, not baby humans. It takes time for human babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting cow’s milk proteins. In very rare instances, babies are born unable to tolerate milk of any kind. These babies must have soy formula. Formula may also be needed if the mother has certain health conditions and cannot breastfeed.

Breast Milk Protects Baby from Disease

Breast milk contains special cells, hormones, and antibodies that protect babies from a wide variety of illnesses. The protective chemical makeup of human breast milk cannot be duplicated in formula. Diarrhea and other digestive troubles, as well as ear infections, are much more common among formula-fed babies. Breastfed babies have been proven to have lower risks of:

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a disease that affects baby's gastrointestinal tracts; Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV); Lower respiratory tract infections; Pneumonia; Asthma; Otitis Media; colds, ear and throat infections; GI tract infections; Celiac disease; Inflammatory bowel disease.

Some research shows that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of: Type 1 diabetes; childhood leukemia; atopic dermatitis (a type of skin rash); Eczema.

The rate of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is reduced by a third in breastfed babies. Because formula feeding often causes babies to gain unnecessary weight, there is a 15 percent to 30 percent reduction in adolescent and adult obesity among people who were breastfed as infants, compared to non-breastfed infants.

How Long to Breastfeed

The AAP recommends breastfeeding exclusively for about the first six months of a baby's life. From six to 12 months, breastfeeding should continue, while introducing complementary foods. After the first year, breastfeeding should continue for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.

Breastfeeding is not a lifestyle choice. It is an investment in your baby’s health over the short and long term.

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