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 not just the most popular variety (which often aren’t the best pumps available).

We’ve partnered with Hygeia, a breast pump provider and manufacturer. They’ve designed a user-friendly, full-featured, hospital-grade performing breast pump that is easily among the best you’ll find on the market.

Depending on your insurance, your Hygeia pump could be completely covered, so tap here to find out if you qualify. If you do, Hygeia will work with your insurance company to send you their hospital-grade performing pump at no cost. Even if you don’t qualify, you’ll likely be able to order a Hygeia pump at a huge discount.

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 pump. Many name brands are familiar only because they’ve been around for a long time, and not always because they’re the most effective.

Be sure to contact your insurance provider, or a company that works with them like Hygeia, to find out what kind of pumps you can get covered. Retailers will offer inflated prices, and while you might be able to get reimbursed for part of your purchase, you’ll have a lot better experience going through insurance or a breast pump provider that’s willing to work with you.

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 a blessing for moms who will be pumping at work. All pumps provided by our partner Hygeia, are double electric.


Some pumps are only powered by a cord, and a few have 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.

Most moms who choose a battery powered pump come to rely on the options this unique feature offers them.

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 performing” 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, flanges that properly fit your breasts, a tote, bottles, and freezer bags.

When you are choosing who to purchase a pump from, be sure to ask about what accessories designed for your pump are included or available for purchase. For instance, Hygeia offers all of their moms, who qualify, a free set of pump accessories, a complimentary tote bag and cooler, and access to educational e-books.

If you’re in the market for a lightweight, hospital-grade, portable pump that will be covered by your insurance, look no further than Hygeia.

Tap the button below to see if you qualify for a Hygeia breast pump through your insurance.

See if you qualify

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