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A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps. A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps they need and fewer babies will be breastfed. Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed Anthem, one of the country’s largest insurers, has cut the reimbursement rate it pays for breast pumps. A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps they need and fewer babies will be breastfed. A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps.

A pointy reduce in breast pump funds by the nation’s second-largest well being insurer has prompted a powerful response from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new mothers won’t get the pumps they want and fewer infants might be breastfed. Starting final month, Anthem Inc. slashed the speed it reimburses medical suppliers for breast pumps by [ ]. A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps. A sharp cut in breast pump payments by the nation’s second-largest health insurer has prompted a strong reaction from breastfeeding advocates, who warn that some new moms will not get the pumps. Anthem, one of the country’s largest insurers, has cut the reimbursement rate it pays for breast pumps by nearly half, fueling concerns that new moms — especially ones with lower incomes.

Insurer Slashes Breast Pump Payments, Stoking Fears Fewer Moms Will Breastfeed Anthem, one of the country’s largest insurers, has cut the reimbursement rate it pays for breast pumps by nearly half, fueling concerns that new moms — especially ones with lower incomes — will not be able to afford the pumps they need.

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Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now requires insurance companies to provide coverage for breast pumps, mothers may not have access to the appropriate pump.

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Women who breastfeed their babies further reduce that risk.

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Some insurers provide inappropriate breast pumps or allow such a small dollar amount in value that mothers are left with a pump that is not appropriate for their situation.

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  • This is such an important topic. Thank you for normalizing breastfeeding and showing how to properly massage, in addition to showing various feeding holds. You are awesome! Your baby is adorable and y’all are a beautiful family. God bless!

  • How do you think madela Freestyle would compare to the Ameda Mya? They look very similar and the main machine appears to be similar in size as well.

  • I am going to try this… on my second baby my first was so different ���� I was literally a cow but this time around I had to start supplementing because he eats everything I produce which is about 30 ounces.. I haven’t been able to build a stash he’s 7 weeks… I just wish I had a little bit of comfort in knowing I don’t have to supplement… btw I exclusively pump because I had latch issues

  • Love my spectra so much. I also have an Elvie and use it only at night so I can bottle feed the baby and pump at the same time. I think I haven’t mastered how to position it right so sometimes I only get half of the milk and had to use spectra to pump again.

  • Omg I been looking for a real help to teach how to massage the breast since I am a first time mother and know nothing. Thank you again and good luck

  • I’m a new mom and I have breast implants… I was told by my surgeon and my midwife that wouldn’t interfere with my breastfeeding bc how the implant was placed ( under the muscle ) but for last 3 months I have been having problems. I thought it was bc of me supplementing so my milk was drying up. Do have any tips for implant ladies bc I’m really working hard on trying build back up my milk supply so I can exclusively breastfeed

  • Definitely drinking lots of water! And yessss it’s harder second time around with toddler and a little one. I am definitely Lucky with both of my kiddos to make a good supply! These are great tips

  • My insurance only offers this madela pump or I can pay more and get the freestyle small portable one. Has anyone ever just ordered the free one and resold for help with buying a spectra?

  • I’m considering purchasing the single Elvie. I currently use the Spectra S9 and I love it. I just think the Elvie would be a nice addition for traveling since it’s so discreet and has usb charging.

  • I never produced much milk at all! When my son was a newborn he was dehydrated from lack of milk and I had no idea.The most I pumped was 4oz in a whole day.. So stressful. I had to stop after 6months.

  • 3 things.
    1. The baby is insanely cute.
    2. I am a pediatric resident and i know how tough it is to explain mothers about this. This video is gonna do a lot of good.
    3. We have guidelines on proper positioning and we have no recommendations on keeping the baby on the same side as that of the breast. I need to see if this is actually comfortable.
    Congratulations!

  • I have tried the Medela PISA(trash)Medela Sonota( ok), Ameda Finesse(total trash), Spectra 2( don’t believe the hype) and the Lansinoh. Now I’m currently using the Baby Buddah. It has a mean suction but totally worth every penny!!!! The Lansinoh was good too but, I simply needed more suction.

  • I didn’t have luck with the spectra ����, I got way more for the same amount of time with medela pump, and the spectra flanges where too short and my nipples would hit the end of it. But for those that want to use the medela flags with the spectra they sale adapters for that on Amazon

  • I like the Madela pump it’s smaller it’s portable with the battery pack, yes it takes 8 AA batteries but they last a very long time. I have the backpack for it as well. I’m a nurse and I do 12 hour shifts on a very busy floor. I’m always running especially when I need to pump, the Madela works great because it pumps 6 to 7 ounces in 6 minutes sometimes 5, yes I time myself. The Madela pump is a little louder but that’s ok.

  • I feel discouraged as my milk seems to be running dry. I pump 4-5 times per day, but the left side seems to produce nothing. I have tried all the tips: massage, eating galactogogues, drinking water, warm compress, but still nothinf. My baby is only 8 days old, so maybe it’s too soon, but with her being so fussy due to lack of milk today I have decided to give in and will be ending my pumping �� Wishing everyone else all the best but it seems this is not for me.

  • I am using the blue Spectra pump with no success. Only able to pump out 10% of my normal let down. When baby is sucking, I generally can catch 60ml to 100ml of let down with a hakka. And hakka with a deep tissue massage machine works best to get almost 200ml of milk. But I don’t own this machine, will have to return in a month to my friend. So am looking for my main pump.

  • Good tips and helpful for a lot of new mom’s �� Drinking lots of water, eating healthy and nutritious food with lots of protein helps too. Also feeding / pumping frequently helps.

  • Babe, thank you so much for this. You showed the world what maternal love looks like at it’s finest. I will always love you for this.

  • insurance won’t cover the spectra for me and I’m not going to lie, I am a little sad about it. I had the freestyle for my last baby and I did not like it at all.

  • Question, how many streams should there be from each nipple on average? Mine only has 1-2 streams when I express milk. Anyway to increase it? I feel my baby don’t get enough milk all the time n I don’t want to rely on formula. I usually pump for 30 minutes per side to ‘empty ‘ the breast. Help. Need advice.

  • I was having second thoughts about ordering the Ameda mya through my insurance. After watching this video I’m glad I picked it out and can’t wait to receive it! Thank you ��

  • Another tip I learned was to make sure the duck bills or whatever it is, is faceinf the correct way! My pump says they need to be facing sideways! I never knew that. I always had them facing the wrong way. Read your manual!����‍♀️

  • after so much stressful searching for a breast pump that my insurance covers I had a hard time finding the right choice but this video helps!!! A LOT

  • Thank You for the tips, new to breastfeeding and i’m trying to build a supply but not sure how so going to try your recommendation

  • I loved my Spectra pump. It’s very popular for exclusively pumping mothers. Plus Pumpin Pals flanges are great! It’s soft silicone and I got more milk using that.

  • Great video! I am currently 7 months into my breastfeeding journey and have been very fortunate to have a great supply. But I know not everyone does and these tips are really great!

  • Got SpeCtra from my insurance at the hospital.. I didn’t think I’d use it.. stay at home mom. But my nurses at the hospital didn’t do to good teaching or helping me get her to latch. Didn’t have a consultant until I was almost ready to discharge. At this point my nipples were horrible. She gave them one look and instantly was pulling out her phone for calling my Dr and asking her to order me medicated cream.

    Anyways I got home and couldn’t get her to latch well still. By the end of the night even with all the tricks and bits I was crying right with her. She hardly ate all day. My depression was acting up.. and I looked at my hubby and said with a face somewhere between depression and anger I don’t think I can do that again.. he said ok.. and at 2 am ran to the store for emergency formula so we could feed her something while trying to figure out my boobs. Still haven’t gotten anything from using the pump.. gonna keep trying.. I’m so upset honestly. I wanted to straight breastfeed for a year, and wean till 2.. only have others bottle feed her. Now if I want to feed her I have to use a bottle.. Hopefully get an appointment with my therapist soon.. I was not thinking good thoughts last night..

  • Insurance has always given me the Medela, but I honestly haven’t had great luck with it. Definitely going to be checking out Spectra. Thanks for the info!

  • Drinking enough water is such a simple fix! I had the same problem. Pink drink from Starbucks was super helpful and delicious too!!

  • Had the lansinoh signature pro and it was the best thing I’ve ever purchased. It had so many different settings and really pumped out a lot milk.

  • So much redundancy.. this video doesn’t need to be this long stick to the point and stop repeating yourself (especially on the second pump)

    But otherwise useful, thank you

  • Please Pleas Please read this before. really, really recommend to try before buy. When milk came on 4 th day, my breasts were hard like stone. Baby crying cause hard to pull the milk, i had 3 pumps, none of them worked. (Spent a lot f money) Called a nurse and she massaged my breast morning and evening for a week and finally my breast became soft. Still none of the pumps were pumping: very thin breasts ducts and lots of milk. Even now, 2 months, breast pump works very week, i can pump more with my hands. If you have thin breasts ducts be aware…bsby need to empty all…i have mastitis now, and 39,5 fever.

  • I got the evenflo though my insurance & I hate it. I now have the pleasure of paying for a pump out of pocket & was considering the medela since I used the symphony in the hospital & loved it. I saw alot of YouTube moms used the spectra and wanted a comparison of the two. This video was so informative!! Theres obviously clear winner for me so Thank you!

  • I just started using the Mya and am so happy I picked it this time around (I had the pump in style with my first baby). My daughter was a preemie so I also have a hospital grade pump at the moment and I actually have a better output from the Mya then the pump I’m renting.