It can be so exciting getting ready for a new baby, and at the same time, a bit overwhelming.
Additional stress starts to build when you realize how expensive it is to have a baby.
One of the big expenses is a breast pump.
But did you know that you can potentially get a free breast pump?
Do I Need A Breast Pump?
Let’s pause a minute and take a step back.
Maybe you’re wondering why you need a breast pump at all.
First, you need to decide whether you plan to breastfeed or give formula.
If you plan to bottle feed formula, then you won’t need a pump.
However, if you plan to breastfeed, I would 100% recommend getting a breast pump.
Even if you plan to exclusively nurse, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong.
Maybe your baby will have a difficult time latching, or maybe you plan to go back to work at some point.
Sometimes the need arises unexpectedly and for unpredictable reasons.
Twice I have been in situations where I had no choice but to pump if I wanted to breastfeed my son.
Situations I Needed A Breast Pump
The first time was when he was born.
My son was born with a tiny hole in his lung. It sounded like a huge deal, but it didn’t end up being too big a concern. It ended up healing within a day and he was fine.
However, while it healed itself, he had to be on a tube that helped him breathe. Since he had a tube in his mouth, he couldn’t nurse and had to have an IV to feed him.
During this time, I had to use a pump in order to get the colostrum and milk going, since he couldn’t do it himself.
The second time I needed a breast pump was when he was about seven or eight months old.
The poor kid was teething for two weeks, during which three teeth were trying to come in at the same time.
Needless to say, he was miserable and struggled to nurse.
Instead of forcing him to continue nursing in pain, I was able to use my free breast pump and bottle feed him the milk until he was able to nurse comfortably again.
So even if you plan to exclusively nurse, do yourself a solid and get a breast pump as a backup plan.
Related: To the Mom Who Quit Breastfeeding
How To Get A Free Breast Pump
The good news is, it is possible to get a quality breast pump for free! How is this possible?
In 2010 the Affordable Care Act was put in place. One of the benefits of this law is that it requires insurance providers to cover, in part or full, the cost of a breast pump for breastfeeding mothers.
That means if you have health insurance, it will likely pay for a breast pump for you (exceptions do apply).
There is pretty much two ways you can go about doing this. You can contact your insurance directly and go through the hassle of obtaining a prescription from your doctor, and following whatever process your particular insurance has for obtaining an insurance covered pump.
Or, you can go the super easy route of using Aeroflow Breast Pumps!
The Best Way To Get A Free Breast Pump Through Insurance
In my opinion, the best way to get a free breast pump through your insurance is through Aeroflow Breast Pumps. This is how I got my free beast pump, and let me tell you, it was ridiculously easy!
All you have to do is fill out the short application, and they literally do the rest for you. You only have to provide them with some basic information about yourself, when you’re due, and your insurance information, and who your doctor is.
Then they contact your insurance for you to find out what your insurance will cover.
They even get the prescription from your doctor for you.
After they round all that information up, they send you an email or call and you can pick out what pump you want.
I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical when I applied, but it went so smooth! Aeroflow contacted me within a day or two, and within a week from when I applied I had my free breast pump. It was so easy and so very worth it.
How To Get Free Breast Pump Accessories
Getting a free breast is pretty awesome, but there’s more!
Aeroflow will also take care of checking to see if your insurance covers free supplies for pumping. You don’t have to give any extra information for this, you don’t have to worry about it at all.
Just go about your business and if your insurance covers it, Aeroflow will let you know when the time comes and ship your extra/replacement supplies to you.
I was able to get replacement supplies about a 1.5-2 months after I received my pump, and I didn’t have to do any work to get them.
So if you’re even remotely interested in breastfeeding and/or pumping, definitely check out Aeroflow!
Do you plan to breastfeed or pump? What brand pump is your preferred pick? Share with me in the comments below–I’d love to hear from you!