Insurance Companies To Pick Up Breast Pump Costs

When breast feeding moms can't be there for breast feedng, they often use a breast pump and store the breast milk for times when they can't be there.

Melody Holland had her daughter Lydia just last September.

She said she knew she wanted to breast feed, but she also worried about how that would work when she worked on the weekends.

“We started with a hand pump so that she would have something to eat while I was gone and it was such a pain. It took several hours to fill up a 5 ounce bottle,” says Melody.

But things got a lot easier when Melody found out that the Affordable Care Act now requires insurance companies to pay for breast pumps.

“I started doing some investigating as to what does that mean,” says Randi Pearce.

Good news for people like Pearce who owns Baby Bumps and sells breast pumps which can range as high as $1800 dollars.

But because the requirement is so new most insurance companies don't know about it, and Pearce herself has had to go to great lengths to get insurance reimbursement.

“Now I've got to be licensed by the board of pharmacy,” says Pearce.

Pearce says she's excited about the new insurance mandate because she says it will encourage more new moms to stick with breast feeding even after they go back to work.

Other than the couple of bumps in the road to get reimbursed by insurance companies, Pearce says she sees only one problem with the new law.

Breast pump companies have already increased their prices and now uninsured women who want to breast feed will find it even more difficult to do so.