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A little while ago I had to stay in the hospital for about a week for a staph infection in my kidney. They were giving me IV Tequin, which everyone (including the LC) said was not great for nursing and they recommended I put the baby on formula while I was on the IV.<br><br>
So I rented a hospital-grade pump, because I've not been responding well to my PIS for quite some time and, since I would be exclusively pumping for a while, wanted to make sure that my supply didn't get hurt too badly. It didn't, and when I got home we picked up nursing right where we left off; no problems.<br><br>
But (and I'm not sure, because I'm still trying to decipher the paperwork) it looks like the insurance company is not covering the pump rental. I'm very aggravated. Does anyone have experience with this type of situation -- where the pump rental is not because of the baby's condition, but mom's? I'm also wondering if maybe Nate's age has something to do with it. (His age seemed to really confuse the hospital workers. EVERY single hospital worker who came in and saw the breast pump assumed I had a new baby, until they asked or saw him. The nurse who gave me my discharge instructions even gave me standard post-partum care instructions about bleeding and resting, etc. I was just floored. Surely health workers realize that there are women who actually nurse as long as the medical establishment recommends?)
 

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I am a LLL Leader, and I asked a local pump rental station about it for my own knowledge, and they said that insurance will cover pump rental when it is ordered by a doctors presciption, when "medically necessary". I asked her what that meant and she said, if baby can not nurse and the doctor has determined that the baby can only take breast milk, or in cases of engorgement and baby is hospitalized etc. Going back to work she said is NOT covered, because it is a choce and is not medically necessary.<br><br>
I also believe that it is only covered in the first 6 months, maybe longer if a "doctor" ay breast milk is the only think the baby can have.<br><br><br>
Seeing that it was to keep your supply up, they may not, looking back on it, you might have asked a doctor to prescribe it for you...but hindsight is always 20-20!<br><br><br>
Good luck getting them to pay for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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