When to buy a breast pump- before or after birth?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Your insurance may require some paperwork or approval (or an in-network “store” for purchase), so I’d at least research pumps and figure out the process to get one. We just started lining that up today (I’m 31 weeks), because I figure the LESS I have to do after the birth, the better!

Post # 4
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

hspw714:  It can take several weeks to get it through the insurance process, so I would buy it now. Plus, you will need to sterilize all the parts before you use it, so you can get that out of the way early. I waited until after giving birth to get my pump and ended up just buying one myself because it was taking too long to go through insurance. 

Post # 3
3009 posts
Sugar bee

hspw714:  if possible, get it beforehand. It’s good to figure out how to use it before you’re sleep deprived & stressed. And you may need to pump right away. 

Post # 5
7188 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My insurance made me wait until 30 days before my EDD to order the pump. I had DD a couple days early, and the pump was delayed due to availability. My DH ended up going to Walmart at 3am to buy a cheap pump so that I could try to help my milk come in (mine came in late). For me, it was worth waiting for the free pump. Check with your insurance on when you can order yours.

Post # 6
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I ordred mine ahead of time.  I figured that since it was free, it doesn’t really matter if I wait.  I think Baby Bargins tells you to wait just in case you have problems breastfeeding and don’t use a pump.  That way, you don’t waste your money.  I wasn’t too concerned about it since I am not using any of my money.

Post # 7
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

hspw714:  I am not going to claim to be an expert because I am a FTM whose insurance won’t cover it, BUT I just called on this Monday.

Some insurance companies make you wait until a certain amount of days before your EDD, but I would call now. The clinic you visit might even be able to call in a prescription for the pump for you, and it may work out in your favor (even though I hadn’t called insurance yet, the nurse still called in a prescription for me and made sure the pump was put aside so I could have the pump that day if I wanted).

I met with a healthy beginnings nurse who said I will want it before baby comes because they can show me how to use it before and in the hospital. She also said I will need to use it even if my milk doesn’t come in for few days, which, for some moms, it doesn’t.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  megz06.
Post # 8
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I ordered mine through a DME provider in January (due in April).  They sent it to me immediately, but some insurance coverage/providers won’t send until the baby is born.  I don’t plan on pumping for the first few weeks (until latch and supply is established), but it’s still nice to have it. 

Post # 9
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would say before. A lot of people use their pump BECAUSE they have issues breastfeeding.

Post # 10
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

 Like others, I was able to order mine a month before my due date, and it came in a week. I was thankful to have it because I had an oversupply problem, and I used the pump in the first week to make it so my daughter could nurse.  As a side note, if for some reason your insurance doesn’t cover it (it should though… Obamacare really cares for women), check Craigslist. I got a second one for my office for super cheap. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  Mrs. Gremmlin.
Post # 11
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you have to pay full price and buy your own I would consider waiting to make sure you are going to use it and maybe pickup a cheap manual pump to have on hand before.  At the very least, you can use that for backup in case something happens to the electric one.  Not sure I’d want to spend $200+ on a pump and not be able to use it. 

Check with your insurance about their policies.  My insurance didn’t require me to purchase one (and reiumburse me), they only had one model available and that is what they sent me for free (through a medical supplier).  My insurance would send it to you 60 days before or after your EDD but every policy is different.  All they required was a prescription from my OB.

Post # 12
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

hspw714:  I would definitely call your insurance provider and ask them about specifics on how you go about getting a pump. Some insurances require paperwork before hand, sometimes you can’t get them until after the baby is born. It varies a lot. For me, all I do is ask for my pump when I check in for my next appointment and they hand it to me then and there. They don’t even require a perscription, but it’s probably totally different with your company. <br /><br /><br />

Post # 13
108 posts
Blushing bee

I would suggest to order it as soon as you can. My son came at 38 weeks and we hadn’t purchased a pump yet. When my milk supply came in, I was super engorged and in a lot of pain! My husband had to run out and buy it and it was such sweet relief! Save yourself some pain. 

Post # 14
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I say get it as soon as you can with the insurance.  I waited till after my baby was born but it took forever to get the pump.   I ended up renting one because the company the insurance gave me told me my pump was coming and I never got it.  I ended up calling and they said I never ordered it. Ugh!  That was like a month long ordeal.  I finally found a company that was good and got a pump within a week.  I ended up having a supply issue.  I should have been pumping from day one to get my supply up.  Once I finally started pumping I could never get it back up. 

Post # 15
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I rented a hosptial pump until my pump from insurance came in. And FWIW, I called my insurance company for a pump on a Monday…received the pump on Tuesday (yes the following day!) I say do your research, but if you don’t want to settle for a cheap-o temporary pump, rent one from the hosptial!

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