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Tricare & Breast pumps

Does anyone know if Tricare covers breast pumps? I know that some insurance companies do, but I hate calling Tricare, so I thought I'd ask you all first!

Re: Tricare & Breast pumps

  • Generally, no.

    http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/jsp/Medical/IsItCovered.do;jsessionid=NLMKQHJysJSGdwyp6pQKBFQTqyJdhJq303HNWTr8t9Thrv7jy07S!288111387?kw=Breast+Pump

    However, there are some MTFs that loan out hospital grade pumps free of charge.  Check with your local MTF to find out if they are one of them. 

    ETA: I see your location is listed as KS.  If you are at McConnell AFB, I know for a fact that they have a breast pump program.  Get in touch with the Family Advocacy Office to find out more. 

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  • The only time I have heard of Tricare covering hospital grade breast pumps is if your baby ends up in the NICU for an extended period.
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  • I asked when I went to a bf'ing class at the Navy hospital.  I was told that they generally don't unless baby comes before 36 weeks or needs NICU time.

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  • I believe there are special circumstances.  My 6 month old was hospitalized for dehydration.  He was throwing up and not eating.  I was only breastfeeding so he was literally getting nothing.  The hospital brought me a breastpump (I was dying!!!  lol) and brought me a meal since I was "feeding the patient."  However, that was only for use in the hospital.  it's a different story if you want a breastpump at home to pump for nonmedical reasons.
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    ETA: I see your location is listed as KS.  If you are at McConnell AFB, I know for a fact that they have a breast pump program.  Get in touch with the Family Advocacy Office to find out more. 

    This!  I'm currently borrowing one from McConnell right now.  It's a great program!

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  • Tricare covered the cost of renting a hospital grade pump for me since our MTF didn't loan them out. But I had twins that were born at 36 weeks (pre-term) and we having major latch issues from being born early. My docs wrote up a script for it and it was covered. Without it I never would have produced enough for twins and the babies were not helping since they were having such issues latching.

    I think they will only cover it for certain circumstances.

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