We often assume that breastfeeding is a natural process. The truth is, breastfeeding is a learned process for both mother and baby and there are many resources available if breastfeeding is not going as smoothly as hoped or planned.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes can provide general information on breastfeeding basics and can teach ways to make it easier and suggest ways to solve problems. The knowledge and confidence you gain help pave the way for a successful and more satisfying breastfeeding journey.
Should you experience problems with breastfeeding, lactation specialists (consultants) can be very helpful. You can reach the Sharp Mary Birch lactation consultants 858-939-4127 or by walking into the boutique on the ground level.
Breast Pump Information
Insurance companies are now required to support your breastfeeding efforts. Here are some steps to take advantage of this benefit:
When you are at about 32 weeks gestation, contact your insurance to find out what their requirements are. Ask questions such as:
- What breastfeeding benefits does my plan offer?
- What types of pumps are covered?
- Can I get a specific brand? Not all insurances will cover every brand out there.
- Is rental of an electric pump covered?
- Do I need a prescription from my doctor?
- How long does it take to receive my breast pump?
- Will I need a prior authorization for my pump?
NOTE: In many cases you will have to get your breast pump from a Durable Medical Equipment supplier (DME Company) that is approved by your insurance.
Once you have contacted your insurance and figured out which DME company will be used and whether you need a prior authorization, contact our nurses at 858-966-4963. Leave a message stating you are requesting a breast pump, the DME Company, and a call back number.
If you deliver prematurely and your baby is in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) your insurance may authorize a “hospital grade pump.” Please contact our office so that we may complete a prior authorization for a hospital grade pump. This will usually take one to two business days to process. Insurances may require further documentation and a letter of medical necessity.
Other helpful resources:
- San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition
- La Leche League International
- Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services
If you need help getting a breast pump, please call our office 858-966-4963