Pump It Up: Breast Pumping And What To Consider

Posted on: 28 March 2023

Are you a new parent and are considering getting a breast pump? For a myriad of reasons, many find themselves looking to purchase a breast pump to either supplement breastfeeding or pump exclusively! It's understandable that you may not know where to start but the good news is that there are plenty of resources for new parents beginning this journey. Here are just a few things to keep in mind if you're considering beginning the process of pumping and how you may qualify for a free pump!

You Might Qualify for a Free Breast Pump  

Don't let the prospect of not being able to afford a breast pump deter you from pumping. The great news is that for most individuals, breast pumps are fully covered for rental through health insurance. This is a fantastic benefit for those who are on a budget or are unsure of where to turn when it comes to shopping for a quality breast pump. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, be sure to speak to your insurance provider and they will guide you through the process.  You can expect a fully operational, high-quality breast pump to be delivered directly to your home for a convenient and straightforward experience!

You Can Still Breastfeed

Just because you have made the decision to pump does not mean you need to give up breastfeeding. While there may be some misconceptions around this, there are actually plenty of reasons why continuing to breastfeed as well as pumping can be beneficial for nursing individuals. For many, pumping can act as a supplementary way of getting out additional breast milk. This can be for a variety of reasons including shortage of time, dealing with nipple discomfort, or personal preference. Pumping can also be a great way for both parents to get quality time feeding their baby. While still providing breast milk to their child, both parents are able to provide the essential nutrients to their child by way of feeding through a bottle. 

If You Notice Discomfort

If you're experiencing pain or discomfort, be sure to speak to your healthcare provider regarding treatment options. Don't assume that just because you are breastfeeding or pumping means you have to go through a painful experience. There is always help available for you and ways to make the process go easier. One at-home step you can take to help alleviate any discomfort is using lanolin cream in between feeding or pumping sessions. Even though many find that pumping is less painful than breastfeeding, soreness and inflammation can still occur. Lanolin cream is an all-natural and effective way to keep your nipples moisturized and properly healed. Compresses and massage can also be effective and simple ways to help alleviate any discomfort during this time.

Find out more about getting a breast pump covered by insurance.