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4 Questions That Can Get You a Free Breast Pump

Friday, July 25th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Amanda Cole, owner of Yummy Mummy 

We’ve all heard the phrase “ask and you shall receive.” When you’re pregnant you’re going to be asking about (and receiving) tips on strollers, car seats, baby monitors and more. While you’re at it, ask the right questions and you could maybe receive a free breast pump.

The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover women’s preventative services, including breast pumps, oftentimes with no cost to the mother. But coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the next, but also from one plan to the next. So you have to ask the right questions to find out what you are entitled to.

1. Does your plan cover breast pumps?

Although the Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover breast pumps, a few plans have been “grandfathered in,” so the first thing to do is make sure your plan covers breast pumps. And despite some rumors out there, the breast pumps you receive through insurance are the same exact breast pumps you would buy at any retail store. They might not have all the fancy extras like tote bags and coolers, but the motor and mechanics are 100% identical. And there is no need to purchase additional accessories to start pumping! Just buy them later if you decide you need them.

2. What types of pumps are covered by your plan?

Some plans offer a double-electric breast pump, others offer only a manual pump, and some plans give members a choice. Some plans also allow you to rent a hospital-grade pump, but most often you or your baby must have a medical condition (such as a cleft palette) as well as a prescription in order to obtain a hospital-grade breast pump. Which leads us to question #3…

3. Do you need a prescription?

Some plans require your doctor to send in a prescription for any type of pump, so ask early to avoid delays later!

4. How and when do I get my pump?

For the most part, your insurance carrier will not let you go to just any store (or web site) to purchase your pump. They will require that you obtain your breast pump from an in-network provider. I am the founder and owner of Yummy Mummy, the largest Durable Medical Equipment supplier in the country specializing in breast pumps, so we may be in your network (we work with more than 25 insurance plans).

Your pump provider should ideally verify benefits on your behalf, offer you different brands of pumps to choose from, and ship the pump straight to your door. Some insurance plans will let you receive your pump at any point during your pregnancy, while others will only allow the pump to ship one month before your delivery or after you’ve delivered.

If you still have more questions, Yummy Mummy is here to help!

Seeking advice on what type of breast pump you should get or how many you should have? Watch this video introduction!


Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Naughty or Nice Nursing Bra Set from Belabumbum

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If there’s one time when you and everyone you live with sees your bra over and over (like, every two hours), it’s when you’re nursing. That’s why I’m an advocate of buying one you really like. It makes you feel like you’re “dressed,” even if you’ve been living in the same bra for four days straight, and that makes setting up a nursing session less awkward. 

There’s a little company named Belabumbum that’s been designing maternity and nursing intimates since 2001. Their matenrity bras, nightgowns, and bathing suits have all made our pages! This week Belabumbum is offering ONE lucky winner the chance to choose their own style of nursing bra and panties, either the Lena set (worth $88 and leopard-spotted) or Fleur set (worth $74 and floral).

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 8, and don’t forget to read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 9 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Congrats to Cari Cameron Vaughn!

And if you’re new to nursing and looking for tips, start with this video on how to get a great latch.

How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch
How to Get a Good Breastfeeding Latch

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Medela Meal Time Pack Sweepstakes

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Breastfeeding was probably the scariest experience that came with motherhood, for me. From having a baby who wouldn’t latch on to getting a handle on the torture that my shirts went through after falling victim to my new leaky faucets, it was embarrassing and frustrating in equal parts. But I was determined. Even when I went back to work, just 2 months after my daughter was born. She wasn’t going to drink formula, no matter what I had to do.

So I marched off to work (secretly crying in the bathroom every hour) with a manual breast pump tucked awkwardly in my purse.

The manual pump was a baby shower gift, so I gave it a fair shot for about a week, but my breaks at work were never long enough to get anything done manually. My husband got me an electric pump for my second week back, but it was massive, and came with a bag that looked more like a carry-on suitcase. By my fourth week back to work, my daughter was drinking formula.

None of this would have happened if this giveaway was available to me back then.

Leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, October 23rd, and you could be the lucky winner of a Medela grand prize package that includes a Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump (no suitcase necessary) and an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University where you’ll learn everything you need to know about nursing.

The grand prize package also includes Quick Clean breast milk removal soap (so that Baby’s bottles will sparkle) and a Calma breast milk feeding bottle.

What could make this giveaway any better? Nine runner-ups will also win an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University! That’s a total of 10 winners!

Read the official rules here. Goody luck!


Congratulations to our Winners:

Danielle Ferrer

Julie Brass
Ashleigh Hancock
Alicia Finn Lee
Amanda Pacurar
Julia Durgan
Carissa Pape
Olivia Rubin
Dana Amorosi
Lina Nunez de Moreno

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Nursing Set from Boppy

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Last month, for every Boppy pillow purchased at Babies R Us, The Boppy Company pledged to donate one of their nursing pillows to Nurse-Family partnerships agencies, which can distribute them to women in need. The Get One, Give One program led to more than $250,000 in donated Boppy pillows, exciting new since our American Baby readers consistently rank the pillow as one of the most-necesary baby products!

Are you nursing or planning to start? Leave a comment below and you could win one of two nursing sets from Boppy. Each set includes a $40 Boppy pillow and one of their $25 nursing covers. Here’s where you can read all of our official rules. Goody luck!    

PS This year’s updated list of the products our readers deem most necessary when you have a baby will be in our October issue, so if you’re not already an American Baby subscriber, sign up! We’re making our list and checking it twice!

Read the official rules here.

Congratulations to our winners Caron Boggs and Autumn Hall!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Bravado Nursing Bra!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! This seems like a natural day to launch a giveaway of Bravado’s pretty bras. You need to buy new lingerie when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and you may as well buy something 1) that looks nice and 2) is so comfortable that you might wear it 24 hours in a row. 

The “looks nice” bit is especially important because, as the name “Bravado” implies, you reveal more bra than ever when you’re a nursing mom. Even if you’re not nursing in public (though I certainly was, with the help of my Bravado bra, a nursing shirt, and a strategically placed blanket) you’re going to be nursing at home, possibly with visiting in-laws milling about, and letting it all hang out (so to speak).

And the “comfy” part goes without saying, because a new-Mama’s chest expands and contracts with milk during the day. You need something soft and stretchy and supportive with no constricting underwires.

By the way: If you’re looking for breastfeeding information and help, Bravado has an amazing breastfeeding resource section on their Web site, loaded with tips for preggos, advice for Dads, and help for common nursing challenges. Looking for more? Our own Web site offers breastfeeding videos and a ton of helpful tips; check out our nursing section.

And now for the giveaway! Bravado will send two winners one of their new Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras, as shown. Each bra is worth $49 and they’ll send it in your size if you win. Leave a comment here, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, February 20th. We’ll randomly pick a winner. Here are our official rules. Goody luck!




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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Moms’ Caffeine Intake Doesn’t Wake Babies
Pregnant and nursing women who consume caffeine aren’t causing their babies to wake up at night, a new study says.

Nearly Half of Pre-Schoolers Not Playing Outside
Nearly half of 3 to 5 year olds are not taken outdoors by a parent or caregiver every day, according to research presented in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine this week.

India Parents ‘Reject Newborn Girl for Baby Boy’
A newborn Indian girl has been left unwanted as her presumed parents seek custody of a baby boy handed to them by mistake, officials say.

Small Bomb Detonates Outside Planned Parenthood Clinic in Wisc.
Police say a homemade explosive device damaged a Planned Parenthood clinic in eastern Wisconsin.

Most Parents of Overweight Kids Don’t Hear It from the Doctor
Just one quarter of parents of overweight kids say they’ve been told by a doctor that their kids weighed too much, according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

NYC Parents Irritated by Ice Cream Carts at Playground
Parents in Brooklyn are talking about trying to ban ice cream carts from a playground, frustrated by having to deal with cranky children when they deny them the cold treats.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Support for Nursing

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Breastfeeding is something you both have to learn; Mom and Baby. It’s rarely simple for a first-timers. But once you both get it, you can go on autopilot. I try to encourage pregnant women to have all kinds of tools for those first few weeks: A lactation consultant on-call, a comfy nursing bra you can wear all day and night, and a designated spot to sit where you can keep water to drink and have something to relax your mind, whether it’s the TV or a magazine or your smartphone to scroll through Facebook. Also you need a nursing pillow, which saves you from hunching over in a back-aching position while your newborn nurses every two hours around the clock. A nursing pillow makes everything nice and comfy for your baby, too!

Our readers seem to agree; for years now, in our Bests for Baby contest, the Boppy pillow has gotten the most votes as a new-mom must-have. It’s what I used; in fact, I think I had one on each floor of the house! The C-shape fits plenty of bodies and makes for a baby-propping support later on, when you’re helping your child learn to sit up.

The Boppy

There are a few new pillows on the market now too. Simplisse launched the Gia, which is more of a raindrop or a comma shape. It holds your baby at a slight incline, which could help with reflux, and provides lots of extra cushioning for his or her head. The cotton cover is anti-bacterial and removable. Seems smart!

And finally, this week we met the Mombo, a new U-shaped nursing pillow from Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony line. It’s more fitted to your body, so it stays in place. One side is firm, if your baby likes the support; flip it over for a softer side, if your baby prefers to lay on that. It comes with an optional vibration unit, too, to give your baby a little massage!


The Gia

I’d love to know what you used to make breastfeeding easier. And please, join our community and post on the Baby Bests discussion boards, here. Spout off on all your favorite products: what you buy for friends’ baby showers, what little thing under $10 turned out to be a lifesaver, all that good stuff.

The Mombo

Finally if you leave a comment here at this blog, you’re eligible to win the Gia (worth $40) one of two Mombos (also worth $40 each), a Boppy ($40) or a Travel Boppy ($45). You have between now and the end of the day on Thursday, February 9th, to enter. You can read the full rules here. Goody luck!

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

World Breastfeeding WeekToday is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, an annual event organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

According to WHO, World Breastfeeding Week has been held since 1991 “to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” WHO, UNICEF, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend exclusive breastfeeding until a baby reaches six months old.

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Talk to me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” WABA hopes to get people to utilize new forms of technology and social media to spread information and increase conversations about breastfeeding. People in more than 170 countries are participating in celebrations this week, including many moms in America. On Saturday, August 6, moms across the world will participate in the Big Latch On. Registered mothers will nurse their babies simultaneously in hopes of breaking the record for the most women breastfeeding at the same time, set in October 2010 when 9,826 mothers were recorded nursing at 325 sites in 16 countries.

Are you celebrating World Breastfeeding Week?

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Do you have more questions about breastfeeding? Head on over to our Q&A page and search “breastfeeding.” You’ll see all the questions about breastfeeding our Parents experts have answered.

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