(Closed) Breast Pumps!! WEEEE!!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

@nicannette:  i have united healthcare too! anxious to see what they tell ya!

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I just called my insurance today (horizon blue/ Blue Cross Blue Shield) and they said they *do* cover electric breast pumps at 100%, if I go through their Durable Medical Equipment providers.  I got a list of a few near me, so I’m going to make some calls and see what brands/types they offer.

SO EXCITED to find this out!

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Little update:

I have United Health Care.  They gave me three different providers to call for breast pumps as they cover them 100%.   One of the providers ( byram) gave me the choice of Medela or Ameda.   So I went with Ameda for the closed system.United Health Care does not allow breast pumps to be received until AFTER birth.

They said to send them the order form and tell them the due date (july 20) around 30 days prior to our due date.  They said they automatically send it out on the due date.  If she were to come earlier then to call them and they will send one earlier.  The birth/dates would be verified with insurance later. 

 

Well I put in my order form June 20th, and they called me today July 9th to tell me it was on the way and should be at my house in 3 days!   I am unsure why I am getting it early.  But If anyone is 30 days or less out from their due date – i would recommend sending your order form so you can maybe get yours early too!!

 

 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I never had an electric breast pump with my first 3 kids and so wish I did… I had manual ones which kinda sucked but we couldn’t justify the cost of a breast pump.

With this baby, I got a FREE Medela electric pump from my dh’s cousin (LOVE her).  She didn’t end up breastfeeding for long and used the pump for like a month.  It is practically brand new and has everything.  I still have to go through all the instructions and familiarize myself with it.  I have heard such great things about Medela so I am super excited.  She even sent me their tender care nipple cream 🙂

I am a sahm but I do plan to pump for outings and such (feedings with daddy and siblings).  Cousin also sent playtex bottles with the drop in liners so I am all covered there as well.

This will be our last child so I plan to donate the pump once I am done.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I stand corrected on my post above.  I took out the breastpump to read the imstructions and realized it is a Hygeia Enjoye.  She did sent some Medela supplies with it though so that’s why I thought it was a Medela. Anyway, the instructions she sent was for the Medela Symphony so I am on youtube looking into the hygeia and it looks simple and easy to use, plus it has some great reviews.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@nicannette:  Perfect, I was just about to ask that question, thanks!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsB1015:  i was googling byram reviews since i noticed so many negative reviews for edgepark, and i got weddingbee as a search result (oh WB how i love thee) anywho, i also have United Healthcare Oxford, and was given Byram, Edpark, and Genadyne (lucinacare) by them today as in-network providers, i keep hearing all great things about Medela but after i read the whole open vs closed system i’m starting to lean towards an Ameda. I tried calling Byram but was on hold for ages so I emailed and got an autoresponder saying i’d get an email in 3 business days w/ their product line and to note they are not taking orders for Medela anymore. Did you call at any particular time? i’m not due until 9/20/13 but uhc said i dont have to wait to order (i asked if its true i have to wait till the due date?) the rep said i should try ordering now.

 

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@iRun2004:  I also got the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra.

Baby is only 2 weeks so I’ve only used it a few times now but I love it. The closed system was a big deal for me too and the LCs at the local children’s hospital recommend the Ameda so that was good enough for me. The cost was also great in comparisin to medela because we don’t get 20-25% off coupons to BRU in Canada. Plus my SIL used this pump for her 2 kids and gave it great reviews. 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@CircleFace:  I email them.  The guy that emailed me back was Nicholls, Thomas [email protected].   He sent me an order form.  I filled it out and scanned/emailed it to the guy above 30 days prior to my due date.

 

I emailed United Health Care through myuhc.com and asked them to verify that I had 100% coverage on the specific pump I was looking at through Byram and they emailed me back with that confirmation.

 

 

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@CircleFace:  I sent it on 6/20 and I got an email with a tracking number yesterday.  So it is on its way 9 days early!  I am wondering if you were to send it even earlier if you would get the pump even earlier!! who knows!

Post # 42
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Sugar bee

@nicannette:  I tried to be cheap and get a manual pump and it didn’t do crap. I ended up getting the Medela backpack pump and it was great. I bought it from babies r us with a 20% off coupon and when I was done using it I actually sold it on ebay for about 75% of what I bought it for.

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I couldn’t decide between the PISA and the Freestyle. Ended up going with the PISA in the shoulder bag because it stands up on its own whereas the backpack was kind of tippy. There are times when it would’ve been nice not to be tethered to a wall but I’ve heard that the Freestyle just isn’t quite as powerful as the PISA (the same way a cordless drill just IS NOT as badass as one that’s plugged in to a power source) and I didn’t want to risk. IF that’s true, I’m glad I went with the PISA because even that felt underpowered to me compared to my baby who could drain a boob in 10 seconds. No pump will be as powerful as your baby but when you’re really needing some relief, you’ll want all the suction you can get.

FWIW, insurance covered mine. Also, easier to find parts for the PISA, I’m told.

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Just commenting to follow.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just a heads up that your insurance company(in the USA) should cover the cost of breast pumps.  We have Aetna and a Medela Advanced & Replacement Parts was 100% covered.  Here is the link to Aetna’s site about it for more info: http://www.aetna.com/individuals-families-health-insurance/healthier-living/womens-health/breastfeeding.html

They have a huge list of providers but I ordered from Yummy Mummy.  Was the most straightforward of the sites, offered the pump I wanted, no payment necessary. 🙂  They fulfill by your due date so I am still waiting but it should get here soon.

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