Free Breast Pump

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Hi everyone!

I’m pretty confident many will recognize the picture below…

targetYup, it’s from Target.  In the bag is my free breast pump I picked up in March 2013.  

If you’re like me, I was baffled when I heard I could get a FREE breast pump.  Here’s how it started…My husband came home from work one evening telling me about a conversation he had with a co-worker.  The co-worker (male) had become a new, first-time father and had some tips for my husband.  One of the tips he shared was information about the free breast pump.  When my husband explained it to me I didn’t believe him.  I thought it was crazy and sounded ridiculous.  Nevertheless, I heard him out.  I soon found out how easy it would be to obtain a breast pump at no cost to me.

The next day I called my insurance company to find out if I qualified for a free breast pump.  I received confirmation by phone that I did, in fact, qualify for a free breast pump.  I was amazed and still in disbelief.  According to my conversation, I also found out that I was eligible for a free breast pump, under that insurance coverage, for every pregnancy.  I was like, what?  I thought, so that means I could become pregnant 6 months later and get another FREE breast pump.  Just to be clear, that’s not the plan.  Lol.  I was just floored by the thought that I could get a free breast pump for every pregnancy, not annually or as necessary.  All this new found information boggled my mind.  I learned that through the Affordable Care Act effective July 1, 2012 is the reason behind the free breast pump.  If you google “free breast pump hawaii” you can read all about it on HMSA’s website.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful to have a free breast pump and it’s important to promote breast feeding.  But at the same time it doesn’t seem right.  I suppose that’s my own conflict.  Anyways!

My husband shared more information from his co-worker and we went with it.  In search for my free breast pump, it was suggested that I get the Medela breast pump from Target.  I later learned that there were certain stores that I could get my breast pump from.  Since we live near Target, we obviously chose to go there.  We found the Medela brand breast pump, which everyone I’ve talked to said is the best, and took it to the pharmacy.  I picked the most expensive Medela brand breast pump, which here in Hawaii is about $430 (before tax).  Crazy expensive, huh?

Here is a picture of the Medela Breast pump box (Freestyle):

medela

I wasn’t familiar with the process when I took the breast pump to the pharmacy, but in my opinion, it was hassle-free.  I filled out a one-page paper, provided my insurance card and ID.  We were told to come back in 15 minutes in order give the pharmacy time to process the prescription.  Yup, you read that right, prescription.  We walked around the store and then returned to the pharmacy, to this…

prescription

That’s my prescription label on the top of the box.  It even came with additional prescription papers.  The only thing the pharmacy said was that if I were to open the box, I would not be able to return it.  It was unbelievable to me how a breast pump could be a prescription.  Lol.  Of course, I was ecstatic to have a breast pump.  It’s one less thing to add to a registry.  It’s one less thing to worry about.  Despite my enthusiasm, I left Target still thinking, “this is crazy.  I don’t believe it.”  Lol.

At home, I opened my new breast pump to check out all it included.  The box shows everything that’s in it, but here’s a picture anyway.

inside

It’s really awesome!  Besides the instructions, it also includes coupons and a registration card.  So, I registered my breast pump online.  The bag has 4 total pockets.  1 outside pocket and 3 on the inside.  Of the 3 on the inside, one is zipped, one is on the side, and one is fastened with a velcro thing.  The bag zips at the top, I guess for privacy.  Lol.

So, that’s how I got my FREE breast pump!! 🙂

Since we’re on the topic of breasts, I thought I’d take this time to share a little personal tip.  Early on in my pregnancy, 1st trimester, I decided I didn’t want to purchase new bras.  I know, that may sound a bit weird to some but I knew the baby would cost a lot and I didn’t want to spend money on unnecessary things, such as bras.  So, I bought these bra extenders from Walmart.  There’s 3 in a pack for about $7 + tax.  They were such a life saver and provided comfort without me having to spend $10-$30 on a new bra.  Here’s picture of what they look like:

bra

I used these extenders until my bra didn’t fit comfortably with the extender.  I believe it was in my 2nd trimester that I bought a couple of new bras that were the right fit.  Now, I used the extenders with the new bras I purchased.  It still helps!  And I’m prepared to use the extenders for nursing bras as well, if needed.  I did read somewhere that suggested purchasing nursing bras 1 cup size larger because your breasts are bigger after birth to provide your baby with necessary nourishment though breast milk.

So, if you’re in need of some relief…try the bra extenders, it may help you too!  Oh ya, you can try them on first before purchasing, I did.  I’ve learned that during pregnancy it’s important to be comfortable but comfort doesn’t have to be expensive. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

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12 thoughts on “Free Breast Pump

  1. Every mother has a free breast pump that’s 100% natural and also easy to clean! I told my daughter to try hand expressing so no need to wash and sterilize all those contraptions lol! She does both-hand express and pump…but i don’t see the pump yielding any more milk compared to the amount of time hand expressing…you can guess i’m a proponent of hand expressing, but Kainui she loves the Medela pump!

  2. I LOVED breast feeding! Another tip, don’t get nursing bras with underwire because they can constrict the flow of milk. I nursed all 3 of mine for 11-13 months each. I am so excited you can get a pump through your insurance. We pay so much to be covered and I am glad you benefitted from it! I had to buy mine 🙁

  3. I breastfed both kids with very different but awesome experiences. I pumped exclusively for my first child because he was preemie and never got the hang of nursing. I pumped and froze and stored and pumped and pumped…you get the idea…up to his first birthday and I stil had milk to throw away! I nursed and pumped with my second…just FYI medalas pumps are awesome. Lasted me through both kiddies. When I bought my pump though, itwas a lot cheaper!i think under $300! I’m happy that you can get a free pump. I’m a huge advocate for breastfeeding 🙂

  4. thanks for the tip, i had a friend who told me about the free breast pump and she went through a DME provider called Aeroflow Healthcare. she said her experience was great with them and to give them a call..so i did. i spoke with a customer service rep who was amazing, she got my insurance info, called them to make sure i was covered and i was! all i had to do was get a perscription from my doctor and fax it in then sit back and wait for the Medela breast pump to be shipped to my doorstep. the process took less than 5days and they file the claim to my insurance company so that i did not have to deal with them at all. i recomend this company to any mother out there looking for a great breast pump.

  5. Hi, which target in Hawaii did you go to? I live near Kapolei. I’m anxious to get a free breast pump for my baby due in about 3 months. Am I right that you didn’t get a prescription directly from your doctor? You just picked it off the shelf and took it to the pharmacy? I’ve checked my insurance benefits online and it says I qualify as long as we buy from a participating supplier, which Target is. I’m just a bit nervous about asking about this to someone in the pharmacy who may not know about the Affordable Care Act. Thanks for this article, it really gives me confidence that I could get a breast pump without paying an arm and a leg– money I don’t have to spend, really…

    • Hi Sam!! I apologize for not responding sooner!! Yes, I didn’t get a prescription from my dr. Good thing you checked with your insurance company first! I went to Kapolei Target to get my breast pump. I hope they have the one you’re looking for!! Good luck!

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