Any recommendations for good, high-quality breast pumps that don't totally break the bank?
I have a Medela Pump in Style that our insurance covered when I had my daughter. I know it's pricey so probably not what you want. I have heard good things about Medela's Swing Breast pump. With whatever pump you get make sure the shields fit correctly, I think that's one of the biggest things about pumps working correctly, making sure the shields fit properly. (I know some women don't respond as well to a pump but the BF"ing community I'm in a lot of owmen have better results when properly fitted)
Wow. That does look awesome. But it's a little pricey for me, I think. I may look into getting it when we move back to the States and have health insurance, around when the baby is 6 or 7 months old. Does anyone know if US insurance companies cover pumps at any time when a woman is breastfeeding, or if they only cover them immediately post partum?
I'm starting to wonder if we really even need an electronic pump. I posted in the Breastfeeding forums to get some feedback on that. http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1386532/breastfeeding-pumping-and-going-back-to-work
I got my PISA about a week post partum with my daughter so I am unsure just what the time frame is. I've also read that not all insurance companies will give a nice pump. I may have read it on this DDC board but I don't remember.
When i was looking up pumps before i had my daughter I remember thinking that the medela harmony manual pump had the best reviews. I don't know if that's still the case or if there is a better hand pump on the market.
Are you making a registry? Could you register for one?
Good question about the timing, lilmamita.
I called my insurance company a few months ago and under my insurance plan a manual pump would be 100% covered and an electric pump would fall under the durable medical equipment category which in my case comes with an 80/20 co-pay. I didn't ask whether I could get both. The rep mentioned that in order to get an electric pump covered I would also need a prescription with a legitimate reason for needing the pump and lastly, that when I'm ready to get a pump I have to get it from one specific place in town that will bill the insurance company directly, so for me it's not a registry item no matter which way you look at it.
From anecdotal evidence (i.e. reading reviews and opinions on the internet) I've gathered that a lot of women seem to think highly of the Medela brand in general.
In any case, I'm not planning on getting a pump before the baby is born and hopefully afterwards I can talk my midwives into getting me a prescription so I can get a nice electric one since I do plan on returning to work before 6 months.