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Whether you’re planning to head back to work or just need a little more flexibility around feeding your baby, there’s surely a breast pump for you. But depending on your feeding goals, lifestyle, and insurance coverage, there are a few different factors you may want to consider when choosing a breast pump for you and your baby.
Consider how often you plan to pump
If you’re going back to work full-time or know you’ll regularly be away from home for several hours at a time, you’ll likely want an electric pump. For efficiency’s sake, you may want to invest in a double electric pump that collects milk from both of your breasts at once (saving you 10-15 minutes per session). If discretion is important to you (at the office, for instance) then you might want to consider a noise-controlled pump for extra quiet pumping sessions, or even a hands-free pump that can be hidden inside your bra. Or if you’re toting your pump to work every day, you’ll likely want a lightweight model with a convenient carrying case.
On the other hand, if you plan to stay home with your little one most of the time and only occasionally foresee a need for stored milk—for example, to keep an emergency stash in the freezer or to prepare for a well-deserved night out—a single electric, battery-operated, or even manual breast pump might do the trick. These simpler options tend to be more affordable, so it’s worth considering whether you really need all of a pump’s special features.
Factor in your insurance coverage
The Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover breast pumps at no extra cost to families, so check with us to see which pumps are covered by your insurance. While double electric pumps are more expensive than single electric, battery-operated, and manual options, we can help eliminate as many out-of-pocket costs as possible when picking a breast pump. We also have the best, most comprehensive range of insurance-covered breast pumps available, and give you options to make sure the pump you choose is the right fit for your needs.
Think about ease of use and comfort
You need to be able to easily dismantle your pump to clean and dry each piece and reassemble it for pumping. You also need to be comfortable! It’s important that breast shields fit (some come with replacement sizes) and you may also want to control the cycling speed and suction level for optimal comfort and breast milk output.
Check out all of your insurance-covered breast pump options with Ashland Breast Pumps and consider taking the ‘Which pump is right for me?’ quiz. If you’re still not sure which pump is your best fit, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can help you choose and support you through your pumping journey. No matter your plans or your budget, we’re here to help!