My experience - Call your member benefits number on your insurance card and they will refer you to the medical supply company they use that provides the pumps, usually you will have a few options. I have gotten the Medela both times and if I can I will again (extra parts and whatnot). It was free through insurance and we got it the first time right when I was 8 months and the 2nd time around 6 months pregnant - I think they relaxed the timeline a bit but it could have been different insurance too.
Definitely agree that having a couple pumps, if possible, is really nice. I rented a hospital pump and then eventually started using my pump from insurance and a borrowed pump as well. I liked leaving a pump at work, and even before I went back, I liked having one upstairs and downstairs. I exclusively pumped, though, so I really benefited from that convenience. Relatedly, if you're thinking you might be renting a hospital pump, if check out which pump your hospital rents. It's soooo worth it to have compatible pump parts. My hospital pump was an ameda, and I preferred using my borrowed ameda purely yours over my own medela freestyle because it was a total PITA to deal with separate pump parts. I believe Babies R Us rents out the medela symphony (hospital grade), and I might do that this go around. The symphony parts are the same as the medela pump in style, so I think I'm going to ask for that one from my insurance. The Freestyle was really nice, but I found that the parts were leaky after a while (even freshly clean), and I got really ragey when that kept happening.
@CapricaAndrea by law (ACA) insurance is required to cover a pump. I was taking care of this today in case ACA gets repealed - I called my member services and they were less than helpful. I remember I went through Edgepark last time and they did all of the footwork (gettting the prescription, confirming with insurance/doctor, shipping, everything). I went through that process again - it can't hurt for you to put in your state and insurance plan to see if they cover breastpumps - they seriously did all of the work and I didn't even have to put a card or anything down. They specialize in only breastpumps and have it down to an art - plus they work with just about every insurance
Thanks, but like @stokesm21 I'm in Canada so none of that applies to me. I have pretty decent insurance through my union, but for some reason breast pumps aren't included.
Sorry @CapricaAndrea I am not sure why I assumed! Insurance is a bit of a sore spot for me and I have been sadly shocked at how many friends and people I know have not known or been told incorrect information about everything from pumps to basic rights (including myself at times) so I think I jumped the gun out of habit.