Ways to find breastfeeding support

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Feeding a baby is hard work. Luckily, there’s a great network of resources you can tap into for support as you and your baby figure out this whole breastfeeding thing.

Choosing a breast pump

It’s wonderful that there are so many different pump options for breastfeeding moms, but having that many choices can be overwhelming. When you’re trying to decide what breast pump is right for you, there are a couple things you’ll want to consider.

If you’re not looking for a manual pump, you’ll need to decide between battery and electric. Also, do you like a lot of accessories, or do you need something portable? If time is precious, you might want to look into pumps with double-pumping features that allow you to express more milk at once. There are many different brands and types of pumps, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

Getting a pump through your insurer

Another perk of the Affordable Care Act is that it requires most insurance providers to cover the cost of a breast pump. You’re probably not swimming in free time to call up your insurance provider, but that doesn’t mean you can’t receive a quality breast pump.

Edgepark, a medical equipment supplier, specializes in helping moms get their breast pumps through insurance, and they make the process easy and hassle-free. They will call your insurance provider and your doctor on your behalf to verify your benefits and obtain a prescription. The pump will be shipped right to your door at no cost to you! Edgepark carries all of the leading brands of breast pumps, so this is one easy item to check off your to-do list.

Working with a lactation consultant

Sure, breastfeeding is natural, but having some instructions never hurt anyone. If you choose to give birth at a hospital, it’s likely that a nurse will be able to help you get started with breastfeeding and pumping with tips on how to position the baby and make sure they’re getting milk. There might also be lactation classes and lactation consultants available during your stay.

If you don’t have access to these things at a hospital, don’t worry. Under the Affordable Care Act, lactation consultations are likely to be covered by your insurance. Your healthcare provider can refer you to one, or you can search for one online. You’ll want to make sure that the consultant you choose is covered under your insurance, as some plans have specific requirements.

Finding breastfeeding accessories

It will probably be easier for your baby to breastfeed if they’re comfortable, and the same is true for you. There are many products specifically designed to make it easier for you to breastfeed. Breastfeeding pillows lift babies to the breast, making it easier for them to feed without being held in your arms. Your arms are free to help guide your baby, and you’re both snuggled up to a soft pillow. Nursing pads can also prevent your breasts from leaking through your clothes, and changing them frequently will reduce irritation.

It might seem like a no-brainer, but one of the keys to feeding and pumping comfortably is to get a high-quality breast pump. Tap the button below to quickly search Edgepark and see which breast pumps are available through your insurance provider. Placing an order takes just a few minutes, and your pump will be delivered to your door before your due date.

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