Medela- Pump in Style Advanced Starter Set (PISA)
The PISA is a quality double electric breast pump that is very easy to use. One dial controls speed and suction, and there is a built in let-down phase to help stimulate your letdown (when your milk begins to flow). This pump is covered by most major private insurances on its own or can be included as an upgrade option for the On the Go Tote, Metro Bag, or Backpack. These breast pumps are considered upgrades because of the accessories that are included.
The Medela Personal Double is a double electric breast pump, and the option Medicaid will cover if you are interested in the Medela brand. It is similar to the PISA, however it doesn’t have a letdown phase and the dial only controls the suction level.
The Freestyle is smaller more compact double electric breast pump that has a digital display and button controls as well as lithium rechargeable ion internal battery. The Freestyle is a good option for moms who need to be more mobile while pumping, but because it runs off battery power and has such a small motor, it is only recommended as a backup pump for moms that are exclusively pumping, or using it to keep up a supply. This pump is an upgrade option for private insurance.
The Spectra S2 is a double electric breast pump that has separate speed and suction controls, as well as a massage setting that helps stimulate your letdown. The S2 is a closed system pump, which means that there is a barrier between your milk and the pump’s motor. During the massage phase the pump runs at 70 cycles per minute (amount of times the pump sucks) with a suction setting between 1 and 5. When the massage phase is turned off, you can customize the number of cycles per minute from 36-54 and can choose a suction setting from 1 to 12. The Spectra S2 is a great pump for exclusively pumping moms or someone trying to maintain a supply. This pump is covered by most major private insurances.
The Spectra S1 is the exact same pump as the S2, but with a high quality rechargeable lithium ion battery. While using the battery, it holds the same suction using either the AC adapter or the battery which will hold its charge for three hours of pumping time. This pump is an upgrade option due to the rechargeable battery included.
The Spectra S9 is a smaller more compact double electric breast pump that has a digital display and button controls for the massage feature and combined speed and suction. This pump has a lithium ion rechargeable battery that is quieter than the Medela Freestyle. The S9 is a good option for moms who need to be more mobile while pumping, but because it runs off battery power and has such a small motor, it is only recommended as a backup pump for moms that are exclusively pumping, or using it to keep up a supply. This pump is covered by most private insurances.
The Purely Yours is a good option for moms who are going to mostly be home with baby, but may occasionally like to pump for times that you will be going out without baby or when another caregiver would be doing a feeding. It is a closed system pump and has independently adjustable speed and suction controls, but is on the lower end as far as suction strength. This pump is covered by most major private insurances.
The Ardo Calypso is a double electric breast pump that has separate speed and suction controls, and is a closed system pump. The basic pump is covered by most major private insurances and it is also available with other accessories as an upgrade option.
If you have any questions regarding any of these pumps or what would be covered by your insurance, please give one of our Mommy and Baby Support Team Members a call at: 815-758-0911. We would be happy to help!
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My name is Patricia, and chances are if you have filled out the breast pump insurance form online you have probably received at least one email from me. I am the person that calls your insurance, works out what your benefits will be, and lets you know all of your pump options. If the information you receive from me is overwhelming (and I know there is A LOT of it), one of my favorite parts of the job is talking to you and finding out how you will be using your pump and what you will need to successfully breastfeed and pump. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor, so I am able to answer your breastfeeding questions and hopefully be able to help you meet your own breastfeeding goals. I am the mom of two wild, rowdy, crazy, lovable boys ages 5 and 2. Their births and breastfeeding journeys were as different as their personalities, and I feel like that gives me a unique insight into finding out what will work for you.
With my first son I went into the hospital for an incredibly drawn out 3 day induction. He stubbornly stayed high until the doctor said he would give us one more hour and then we would need to get ready for a C-section if he didn’t move – 45 minutes later we were ready to push. I pushed for 2 hours and he stayed stubbornly where he was until the doctor said he would give me 3 more pushes before we would have to introduce the vacuum to help get him out – on the 3rd push he was here. Five years later he is still as stubborn as ever, waiting until the absolute last minute before doing anything you ask of him. He and I had a rough start to breastfeeding, with my milk coming in slowly due to the long induction and he had a tongue-tie that caused a painful latch. I recall sitting on the couch curling my toes in pain when he latched for the first few weeks until my incredible lactation consultant figured out what was wrong and how to fix it. Eventually we settled in and I still smile when I remember the first time I woke up in the rocking chair because there was no pain and we both fell asleep during his nighttime feeding. I nursed at home and pumped while working full time for the entire first year. I became intimately familiar with my pump, using it 4 or more times per day 5 and sometimes 6 days per week for an entire year. I was so glad to put it away when the time came, but I found that as much as I hated pumping, I missed having the time to sit quietly and think about my baby without the outside world interrupting for small periods of time throughout the day. We continued breastfeeding until he was 15 months old, and I cherished the time we spent together.
With my second son I was home alone with my then-3yr old while my husband was out golfing with his buddies when my water broke 6 weeks early. After a scramble to get someone to take the 3 year old we were on our way to the hospital. Just a few short hours and only TWO pushes on ONE contraction our impatient little guy arrived. We were incredibly blessed to have him come into the world pink, healthy and crying. He went to the NICU for observation overnight and got to come back to my room to stay the very next day. We had been prepared by everyone during the delivery to expect an extended stay, but he got to come home right away. My super curious little guy is still always in a hurry to get to the next step. Breastfeeding with my youngest was as different as night and day. He latched like a champ and surprised the LC and the NICU nurses with how vigorously he fed, even though preemie boys tend to be lazy…at 6lbs 14oz, though, he was the largest preemie in the NICU, so that may have had something to do with it! He nursed well and I never experienced the pain that I felt with his big brother, my production was up and I actually donated some milk to a friend that needed a little extra. Everything was going so well, but then…I had a major medical problem that required me to be put on medication that was not considered safe for breastfeeding when my baby was a little over 6 months old. Again, my local breastfeeding support group and circle of friends leapt to action to help me take care of my babies and come to terms with needing to wean early.
I have learned a lot from my breastfeeding journey – how it was supposed to feel when baby was latched correctly, how to laugh at myself (and my baby when he is surprised with milk on his face because he unlatches mid feed), that you can actually pump into a sandwich bag taped to your bottle connectors if you forgot your bottles and milk storage bags at home, how to nurse more discreetly in public without a cover than I ever did with one, how to nurse a toddler while he tries to climb up the back of the couch, and most importantly that there is no such thing as a plan with kids; they keep you guessing pretty much from day one. I have made an effort to gather as much info as possible on all of the breast pumps that I can (even ones we don't carry in our store) in order to help you select the best pump for you. I have worked to become fluent in flange sizing, exclusive pumping, and maintaining supply while pumping as I know that those are not necessarily items of focus for many lactation professionals and it is hard to find good information. I hope to be able to use my knowledge and experiences to help you with any questions you may have about pumping or breastfeeding in general. Please don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to working with you to help make your breastfeeding and pumping experience a success!
Hello new and expecting mommies! My name is Molly Lamansky and I am happy to announce that I am your new Certified Lactation Specialist! I am currently studying communicative disorders with an emphasis in speech language pathology at Northern Illinois University. I have one more year of my undergraduate degree and then I’ll jump right in to my master’s once I graduate in May 2015.
Initially my passion was to one-day work with the pediatric population with infants who have swallowing difficulties and to help correct any issues that might arise. When I started working in the Mommy and Baby department last year I realized that I have a new passion. I want to not only help infants with swallowing disorders, but also to help both babies and moms with breast-feeding any way I can.
Walking into the conference room at the hotel where the Certified Lactation Specialist course was held was a little intimidating! I was one of 29 women there for the class, the youngest, and the only one who wasn’t established in my set career. So there was a little bit of a learning curve. But I tried not to be too nervous and just soak in all the amazing knowledge that was given to me. It was one of, if not the best class I have ever taken! I learned SO much in those five short days and I am so grateful not only the to Lehan family but also a close friend at the store who helped me be able to attend; also to my own family for helping me study and keeping me going. It was such a wonderful learning experience and I am so glad I was able to do it!
I am excited to be here at Lehan Drugs showing new moms how to use their pumps, answer questions, and be there to support day or night (with a new baby parents might be up a little late!) Thank you for the opportunity to be able to work with all you new mommies and I can’t wait to meet you!
Congratulations on your pregnancy or the birth of your child! You most likely have the adorable outfits washed and put away, the crib ready to go, and are basking in the feeling that very soon you will get to hold your baby boy or girl. One question you might be asking yourself, though, if you are planning on breastfeeding, is should I get a breast pump? At Lehan’s we are happy to help mothers find a breast pump that fits their lifestyle and unique needs! In addition, did you know that many insurance companies are now helping to cover at least a portion of the cost of a breast pump?
While having a baby is an enjoyable experience, getting a breast pump through your insurance company might be a little more of a headache. To help ease that burden, at Lehan’s we have come up with some helpful tips to try and make the process as painless as possible (or as painless as dealing with an insurance company can be!).
If you call your insurance company, they might mention that a breast pump is covered at 80-100% of an ‘allowable amount’. You may think, “Wow! 80% of the cost for my pump, that’s fantastic!” but your insurance may not necessarily be giving you all the facts. An allowable amount is a set dollar amount that your insurance company covers for a specific item. So while they say they cover 80-100% of an allowable amount, in reality that may translate to about $60-125 dollars towards a pump. Another good thing to know about an allowable amount is that it only covers the breast pump itself, not accessories that can be purchased separately.
In addition, you may have to deal with that dreaded thing called a deductible. You may know what your deductible is, but if not, a deductible is a set annual amount of healthcare costs that you are required to pay before insurance will consider payment for your breast pump. Though this may not be the case for everyone, it is a good idea to ask your insurance company about your deductible or have us ask for you. We are here to help!
Finally, some insurance companies may also require a prior authorization in order to pay for a breast pump. A prior authorization is a program that requires specific conditions be met before coverage is granted for the member. If your insurance requires a prior authorization, don’t worry, we can help with that as well. Typically it’s just a quick fax between the doctor’s office and insurance company.
Lehan’s Can Help!
So how can we help? At Lehan’s we will help in any way we can to make your breast pump purchase as hassle-free as possible. We can contact your insurance company on your behalf and determine your coverage level as well as any specific insurance requirements. To help, we will need the following:
1) Your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address
2) Insurance ID and group number
3) A prescription from your doctor that says ‘Double Electric Breast Pump’.
4) Due Date! Insurance companies won’t cover breast pumps until the baby is born!
You can fill out the Breast Pump Insurance Form here: BREAST PUMP FORM