How to choose your breast pump

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Price and quality

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of a breast pump for nursing moms. Depending on what kind of insurance you have, you may qualify to get a breast pump at no cost.

There are a lot of breast pumps on the market, and your insurance only allows you to choose one. As you start to weigh your options, it’s important to make sure you’re getting a high-quality pump, and one that will fit your specific needs.

We’ve partnered with Edgepark, a medical equipment supplier that specializes in helping moms get their breast pumps through insurance. Edgepark makes the process easy and hassle-free. They will call your insurance provider to verify benefits and your doctor to obtain a prescription on your behalf. Then, free shipping right to your door!

Where to shop

There was a time when you would go to the store, and shop the shelves for a pump. Today, that’s typically a way to end up with a low-quality, or expensive pump. Retailers will typically offer inflated prices, and while you might be able to get reimbursed for part of your purchase, you’ll have a much better experience going through insurance or a breast pump provider that can do that work for you.

When shopping online, you may want to check reviews and try to find moms who have similar needs to yours.

Battery or electric

Some pumps, known as “manual pumps,” are powered by hand. These pumps can be a fine, supplementary option, especially if you’re paying full price for it.

A pump that you get through your insurer should be electrically-powered, either by a cord or from an internal battery. If flexibility in your pumping schedule is important to you, then you’ll want to really consider a cordless pump. A cordless, battery-powered pump will let you express milk wherever you are during the day.

Electric, or….double electric?!

A double electric pump will increase the efficiency of your pumping routine, allowing you to pump from both breasts at once. This will also greatly decrease the amount of time it takes you to pump, which is great for moms who will be pumping at work. Many modern pumps are double electric.

Speed and power

A powerful pump can help you express more milk in less time. If you’ll be pumping at work, having a powerful pump will make your days a lot easier. The most powerful pumps on the market are called “hospital-grade” pumps, and less powerful pumps are labeled “personal” or “consumer-grade”.


When you purchase a “pump,” that usually only refers to the base unit that supplies suction power. You’ll probably need extra tubes and flanges that properly fit your breasts.

You’ll need bottles, and likely some storage bags, ideally designed to go in the freezer. If your pump is meant to be mobile, you should consider a tote and maybe even a car charger.

When you are choosing which pump to purchase, see what accessories are included and what you can easily get for a little added cost.

See what’s available

Tap the button below to quickly search Edgepark and see which breast pumps are available through your insurance provider. If you want to place an order, it takes just a few minutes, and your pump will be delivered to your door before your due date.

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