I have been meaning to call my insurance company, that is a really awesome benefit! I need one as I will be going back to work, but if I have to get a prescription, that will be a big pain, since I am only working with a midwife. I am hoping I can just go thru the supplier. Any tips anyone has on the details of this stuff would be very helpful!
Even if you don't plan to "need" a pump, it is a great idea to have one. When my milk came in with dd, I was so engorged she couldn't nurse and I was in serious pain. I didn't have a pump yet and ended up having to manually express in a hot shower, which sucked.
I have no idea about different kinds/brands of pumps, I was lent one last time and will prob just decide based on what my insurance will cover this time. The one I used before was electric, so that is all the experience I have. It was hard to pump at first, I could hardly get any milk out and not a lot of hind milk, even when pumping for a long time...I didn't pump much since I was SAH, but what I did pump did come in handy. I had a night once where I had no production and dd was so hungry! I was so glad I had some milk stored up. Supply was back within hours, but it was weird and I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have any breast milk stored. So I will need to be sure to get this down this time since I will be gone at least two 8 hr days each week starting around 13 wks.