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What to know about breastfeeding during hot summer months

Breastfeeding moms want to enjoy summer fun, too.

After a long winter in confinement, a lot of new moms are touched out and stir crazy. They’re ready to escape with their little ones into the great outdoors. They want in on the fun, sweaty summertime activities: boating, beachcombing, biking, hiking. Good news! You can breastfeed on the go even during the hottest months if you take a few precautions.

Dehydration is a serious threat to babies and breastfeeding moms.

Your newborn’s small body puts them at greater risk of dehydration when temperatures rise. Continue to nurse them as usual to keep them hydrated. Breast milk contains electrolytes and other nutrients baby needs during the hot summer.

That being said, breast milk is nearly 90% water, which makes hydration extremely important for breastfeeding mothers even under ideal circumstances. When you’re having fun in the sun, you’ll also be sweating profusely. That can trigger dehydration and interfere with breastmilk production right when baby needs it most.

Rehydrate regularly with water, juices, and water-packed fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumbers.

Heat-related illnesses pose a real danger to moms and babies.

Because of the risk of dehydration during the summer, you and your baby are also more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, heat rashes, and heat exhaustion. Staying hydrated will help reduce the risk, so will seeking shade or even an air-conditioned museum or mall to explore during the heat of the day.

Find a cool place to hide out during the hottest times of the day.

This is not the time to skimp on sunscreen.

You do not want sunburn when you’re nursing a baby in the heat of summer. Can you even imagine? Treat your skin like the MVP it is. When you’re outside, slather on the sunscreen regularly and keep baby completely out of the sun under an umbrella or tent to prevent heat stress and sunburn. Check with your baby’s pediatrician regarding sunscreens for infants.

Avoid sunburn at all costs.

Breastfeeding and the bathing suit – what’s the deal with that?

If you’re worried about breast milk leakage, you can use a gel bra pad to stop milk flow. Better yet, if you’re sitting by the pool and not submerged in water, you could slip a wearable pump like the Elvie Stride into your swimsuit to catch any overflow and buy you a few minutes of not breastfeeding when you need them later on.

Try a wearable pump when you’re hanging out poolside.

Milk N Mamas Baby carries a wide range of breast pumps, including the Elvie Stride, the perfect pump for summertime freedom. Order yours today!

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Should I upgrade to a premium breast pump like Elvie or Spectra S1?

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all new moms are entitled to a breast pump. According to Healthcare.Gov:

Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth… Your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump.

However, which breast pumps your plan will cover may vary, as noted below from the same site:

It may be either a rental unit or a new one you’ll keep. Your plan may have guidelines on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, the length of the rental, and when you’ll receive it (before or after birth).

Most plans will cover the cost of a double-electric breast pump, and many breast pump manufacturers offer qualifying pumps, including Medela, Ameda, and Spectra. On the other hand, many premium pumps are not covered fully by healthcare, though you can purchase them at a fraction of the cost using your healthcare credit.

What are the benefits of premium pumps?

For many moms, a standard double-electric pump will do the job. They may not be as convenient for moms who are on the go, however. Premium pumps often offer features that make pumping easier and more comfortable, for example, wearable hubs, wireless motors, and even smart technology. Take a look at some of these premium pumps to get a better understanding of what your upgrade means in terms of added benefits.

Elvie Double Electric Breast Pump

Dubbed “the world’s first silent wearable breast pump,” the Elvie Pump eliminates cleaning tubes and charging wires. The hubs fit in your bra and are controllable by a remote, giving you complete freedom to pump and go.

Note: While the Elvie Pump is considered a premium pump, the Elvie Stride offers many of the same perks while also being covered by most health plans.

Spectra S1 Double Electric Hospital Strength Breast Pump

The silent, portable Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump offers 300mmHg suction, double pumping, and a massage mode to encourage speedy letdown. You can adjust both suction strength and cycle speed, and the pump even comes with a night light and timer.

BabyBuddha® Complete Kit

Another ground-breaking pump, the BabyBuddha maximizes freedom while minimizing hassle. You simply hang the compact pump around your neck using the lanyard for a totally hands-free pumping experience. It’s quiet, discreet, and comes with extra-soft cushions to prevent nipple soreness.

Your breast pump options are as unique as you.

Choosing the best breast pump for your situation ensures more successful pumping sessions. You’ll be more comfortable and more equipped to handle all of your other responsibilities if you have a pump suited to your lifestyle. In some cases, a standard double-electric pump will do. In others, investing in an upgrade can save time, money, and frustration down the line.

If you’re not sure which breast pump is right for you, get in touch with your friends at Milk N Mamas Baby for expert and compassionate guidance.

Can I use my FSA/HSA card to purchase a breast pump?

Can I use my FSA/HSA card to purchase a breast pump?

Many moms who call us about purchasing a breast pump have a Flexible Savings Account (FSA) or Healthcare Savings Account (HSA). They want to know if they can use their FSA or HSA cards to cover expenses related to nursing and breast pumps. Good news! Milk N Mamas Baby does take FSA and HSA cards, and you can use them for a lot more than you might imagine.

Backup Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are 100% covered by health insurance in the United States thanks to the ACA. However, in most cases, only one pump is covered per birth. Fortunately, pumps are also FSA/HSA eligible. That means you could use some of your funds to invest in a second pump to use at work, so you don’t have to haul your primary pump back and forth. You could pick up a sleek, portable pump like the Elvie Stride or a manual pump as a backup for road trips and other times when a breast pump malfunction might leave you swollen and desperate to pump.

Upgraded Breast Pumps

While most breast pumps are 100% covered, some premiums pumps like the Elvie Pump or the Spectra S1 are not. With your FSA/HSA card, you can upgrade to a premium pump that isn’t 100% covered by insurance.

Extra Pump Parts

It never hurts to have spare parts for your pump in case one finds its way down the drain during a wash or no longer works optimally. Replacing parts like tubing, valves, membranes, and nipple shields can extend the life of your pump and ensure comfortable pumping, and breast pump parts are covered by FSA/HSA.

Extra Bottles and Breast Milk Storage Bags

Bottles get lost in the backseat. Breast milk storage bags are single use. But you can secure a stash of collection bottles and bags through FSA/HSA to ensure you never get caught without one.

Breast Milk Coolers

Breast milk coolers make pumping on the go a breeze, and they also allow you to bring along extra bottles when you’re out on the town for the day. Pick up a beautiful Sarah Wells cooler and ice pack and put it on your FSA/HSA card, and you’re ready to roll.

Hands Free Nursing Bra

This is another must have accessory for on-the-go moms, and you can pick up a high quality, comfortable nursing bustier with your FSA/HSA card.

Lactation Massager

Having trouble with plugged ducts and engorgement? A milk expression tool like the LaVie Lactation Massager can improve milk flow and relieve the pain associated with engorgement. And you can purchase one right here with your FSA/HSA card!

We’re here to help

That’s a lot, but it’s not all! Your FSA/HSA card has the power to transform your breastfeeding and pumping experience by equipping you with the very best tools. And we’re here to help you find the tools that suit your needs best. Give us a call or email today for more information or guidance on making pumping more comfortable, productive, and hassle-free using your FSA/HSA account.

We are your Pennsylvania breast pump supplier

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, the percent of Pennsylvania mothers who started breastfeeding after birth increased more than 10% between 2009 and 2018. However, breastfeeding rates drop by nearly 25% eight weeks after birth. Two factors seem to drive this decision to quit breastfeeding. Moms feel like they’re not producing enough breastmilk to satisfy their hungry baby, and many moms are returning to work at that time. For most moms, both of these obstacles can be overcome with a high-quality breast pump.

How breast pumps help moms continue breastfeeding for longer

An electric breast pump allows you to build your milk supply by pumping during breastfeeding sessions and between sessions. You can also practice milk boosting practices like cluster pumping and double-pumping using a pump. Not only does pumping increase milk production by increasing the demand, it also provides you with a breastmilk stash that you can use when you go back to work. Even more exciting, pumps like the Elvie Stride can be worn to work in a standard nursing bra so you can pump while you’re at the office.

Milk N Mamas Baby is a durable medical equipment (DME) companies

Pumps like the Elvie Stride can only be purchased through select DME companies, but that’s no problem for you, mama. We have partnerships with all of your favorite breast pump providers, including Medela, Ameda, Spectra, Motif, BabyBuddha, and yes, Elvie.

We participate in most Pennsylvania health plans PLUS Tricare

Never fear, mama! We’ve got you covered here, too. We participate with most Pennsylvania health plans, including Geisinger and state Medicaid plans like UMPC, Aetna Better Health, and Gateway. We’re also authorized in-network breast pump providers for military moms and mil-spouses covered by Tricare.

You can use your FSA/HSA account at Milk N Mamas Baby

Since we are a medical equipment supplier, you can upgrade to premium pumps like the Elvie Pump or the Spectra S1 while you’re here. You can also use your FSA account to stock up on breast milk storage bags and replacement parts like tubing, valves membranes, collection bottles, nipple shields, and more.

Take a look around and see what we have to offer

The health benefits of nutrient-rich breastmilk follow your child for the rest of her life, offering her protection from allergies, obesity, and many preventable illnesses. The longer you pump, the greater the benefit. At Milk N Mamas Baby, we make it as easy as possible to get started pumping. We can help you get your prescription and deal with your insurance company. So take a look around while you’re here or better yet, give us a call at 844-Milk-Mom and let us know how we can support you in your pumping routine.

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What breastfeeding moms need to know about their Aetna health plan

Aetna health plans cover breastfeeding equipment and sometimes more

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance providers are required to cover personal use breast pumps for new and expecting mothers. If you’re covered by Aetna, you can choose a manual or electric pump. Several different brands of breast pumps are 100% covered, including the Luna Motif, Spectra S2, and Medela Pump in Style with Max Flow. In addition, your Aetna plan may also cover up to six visits with a lactation consultant if you need breastfeeding support.

What are the limitations of Aetna breastfeeding equipment coverage?

Moms only get one benefit with Aetna. Therefore, if you choose to get a 100% covered manual pump, you can’t also get a fully covered electric breast pump. It’s one or the other.

In the past, many Aetna plans were also limited in terms of how often you were able to receive a new pump. While many insurance providers allowed one plan per birth event, Aetna restricted moms to one breast pump during a 36-month period. However, in a 2020 clinical policy bulletin, Aetna stated that “ a replacement manual or standard electrical breast pump is considered medically necessary for each subsequent pregnancy, for initiation or continuation of breastfeeding during pregnancy or following delivery.”

However, the same policy bulletin stated that “the purchase of heavy duty electrical (hospital grade) breast pumps [are] not medically necessary.”

Replacement supplies that are strictly for comfort and convenience, such as replacement polycarbonate bottles, replacement caps, nipples, or lids for breast pump bottle, and replacement locking rings, are not covered. Furthermore, some grandfathered Aetna plans that pre-date the March 23, 2010 ACA may not follow all of the requirements for coverage of breast pumps.

Not sure what your policy covers?

Don’t worry. We can give Aetna a call and confirm your benefit coverage for you.

Aside from the coverage, you’ll need a prescription to qualify for your 100% covered breast pump. You can upload it easily when your place your order (though a prescription is not required when placing an order). If your hands are full, we can even contact your doctor and request a prescription on your behalf. Once you’ve placed your order, we’ll get your new pump to you quickly and with absolutely no cost to you. Even our shipping is free, and we service Aetna moms anywhere in the U.S.A.

How does suction intensity affect my milk supply?

How does suction intensity affect my milk supply?

How is breast pump suction measured?

If you check the product description of your favorite breast pump, you’ll see the suction documented as mmHG, or millimeters of mercury. The more mmHG, the more intense the suction. At Milk N Mamas Baby, we carry breast pumps with a range of suction intensity, from the Medela at a maximum strength of 240 mmHG to the BabyBuddha at a whopping 320 mmHG of maximum strength. In between, are Luna at 280 mmHG and Spectra at a maximum strength of 270 mmHG.

Main Takeaway: Breast pump suction, or vacuum, usually falls between 220 and 350 mmHG.

Is a breast pump with a stronger suction intensity better?

Suction does play a role in milk production. A study published in Breastfeeding Medicine analyzed the effect of strength of suction on the flow rate and volume of breastmilk using an electric breast pump. Mothers participating in the study expressed breastmilk for 15 minutes using a pump set at their own maximum comfortable vacuum. Then, they expressed at softer vacuums. The study found that milk flow was greater at the maximum comfortable vacuum, and cream content was higher.

Main takeaway: Pumping at the highest intensity you’re comfortable with is likely to lead to increased milk flow and cream content.

Maximum comfortable vacuum may vary from one mother to another (or even from one feeding session to another)

It hardly needs to be said that every mother is different and, therefore, every mother’s maximum comfortable vacuum will also be different. However, your maximum comfort vacuum may change from day to day and even from feeding session to feeding session. While pumping at your maximum comfort vacuum can increase flow, pumping at an uncomfortable suction can hinder milk flow. If a suction level is set too high, it can cause breast tissue to compress, which can block the flow of milk ducts and potentially irritate them. Furthermore, if the suction level is uncomfortable, your body is less likely to produce the oxytocin that helps stimulate letdown.

Main takeaway: Increase your suction intensity until it is just slightly uncomfortable, and then back it down to find your own, personal maximum comfort vacuum.

Talk to our consultants to learn more about the breast pump most likely to meet your needs

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we know that different moms need different pumping solutions. We’ve had years of experience helping all kids of moms find the best breast pump for their circumstances. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you find a breast pump that meets your needs and your budget. Many of our pumps are 100% covered by insurance.

Can I get a breast pump with my insurance?

Does my health insurance cover a free breast pump?

When Milk N Mamas Baby founder Krisi LaMont was just starting out in the industry, she worked for a medical equipment supply company. One of the mothers Krisi served was eager to try breastfeeding her infant in the NICU. She knew it would improve the baby’s immune system. However, at the time, breastfeeding supplies weren’t covered by insurance, and money was tight for the mom. Too tight for a breast pump rental.

Krisi knew that the mother’s instinct about the benefits of breast milk were spot on. She believed it was unfair that some mothers and infants would be denied the opportunity to establish a breastfeeding routine due to the costs. She lobbied on behalf of that mother and worked out a contract with a State Medicaid Plan to ensure personal use breast pumps and hospital grade breast pumps were covered for all nursing mothers.

Today, most moms are eligible for completely free breast pumps thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires that insurers cover breastfeeding support as part of a mother and baby’s preventative health care services.

What’s the catch?

While there’s no catch, per se, not all health plans are made the same. Furthermore, the ACA doesn’t offer specific instructions regarding the matter of breast pump coverage. That means that coverage may vary from one health plan to another. This could affect the amount covered by your health plan as well as types of pumps included in coverage.

How can Milk N Mamas Baby help me get my insurance-covered breast pump?

We can confirm your insurance covered breast pump benefit.

We do the work for you by confirming your insurance-covered benefit for you once you have placed the order. We are familiar with all the insurance benefit plans we work with, so we can provide you the most up-to-date and accurate information about your breast pump coverage. If you order a pump from us, and we do not participate with your insurance, we can send you to a provider who does participate with the plan.

We can request a prescription for a pump from your doctor.

If you’ve already got your prescription, you can attach it to your secure order form. However, if you do not have your prescription already, we can help with that too. We can request a prescription from your doctor once you’ve placed your order, so you don’t have to be bothered. In other words, we are a direct liason between you, your doctor, and your insurance company.

Milk n Mamas Baby is a contracted insurance supplier, meaning we can help you get your free breast pump delivered quickly. All you have to do is visit our website to pick out the breast pump that best meets your needs. Then, fill out our simple, secure online form. We’ll take it from there! Need help? Give us a call at 1-844-Milk-Mom or email us at milknmamasbaby@gmail.com.

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Top Reasons to Breastfeed

When you’ve got a baby on the way, you probably have a million questions. It’s only natural to jump on the internet and do a little (or a lot of) research. When it comes to breastfeeding, you can find plenty of different information out there, so who should you trust? Here at Milk N Mamas Baby, we think it’s important for moms to get good information about breastfeeding; that’s why today, we’d like to share some facts straight from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the top reasons why breastfeeding is good for babies.

  • Babies who are breastfed for at least 6 months are less likely to be overweight and have a reduced risk for childhood obesity.
  • A 40% reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus has been reported in those who were breastfed as babies.
  • Breastfeeding imparts a long-term positive effect on weight control and feeding self-regulation which is carried into adulthood.

In addition, The University of South Carolina reports the following benefits to breastfeeding:

  • Breast milk is more easily digestible for babies than formula.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding helps develop and strengthen a baby’s immune system and can reduce a baby’s risk of developing allergies later in life.
  • Mother and baby are able to bond more effectively during breastfeeding, and it improves the mother’s self-confidence.
  • Nursing helps mom lose weight after pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding costs less than buying formula.
  • Drinking breast milk can help a baby sleep better (which means more sleep for mom as well).
  • Breastfeeding aids in proper development of a baby’s gastrointestinal tract and may make them less likely to develop intestinal disorders like Ulcerative Colitis.

Of course, these are just a few of the many benefits of breastfeeding, so if you’d like to know more, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether or not breastfeeding is right for you and your baby. And if you’re in need of breastfeeding supplies like a hands free breast pump, take a look at the tabs on our page which contain information about our stock of baby breast pumps, respiratory devices, and more. You can even order a breast pump online and in most cases, totally free of charge, through your health insurance.

At Milk N Mamas Baby, we carry all the latest breast pumps, including the Medela and Spectra lines of breast pumps. These pumps are engineered with lots of mom-friendly features that will make your breastfeeding journey easier and more comfortable for you. They’re also portable, light weight, and can be powered with adaptive batteries, internal batteries, AC adapter, or even the optional car adapter, which is perfect for busy moms on the go. If you’d like to be hands free when pumping we have plenty of options for you! Why wait, head over to our convenient insurance signup form and begin your order process today. We are here to streamline the entire order process for you! We confirm your insurance coverage, assist you in obtaining a prescription from your healthcare provider and make sure you get your insurance covered breast pump prior to the arrival of your new baby.