Breast-feeding has many benefits, for both you and your baby. Learn about the types of support that may be available to you.
By Theresa Stepaniak, Contributing Editor
Did you know that breast-feeding may lower your risk of developing certain types of breast and ovarian cancers? Breast-feeding also benefits your newborn. Studies show it can reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory diseases, childhood leukemia, asthma, ear infections, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breast-feeding as the baby’s exclusive nutrition source for around the first six months. The AAP also recommends continued breast-feeding until the baby is at least one year old.
What support is available?
Lactation counseling: You may be eligible under your UnitedHealthcare health benefit plan to get breast-feeding counseling, as well as breast pump equipment and supplies, at no cost to you. Contact your OB/GYN, pediatrician or primary care physician for more information on lactation counseling. For more information on breast-feeding supplies and support, go to Beyond Delivery at the More Resources page.
What type of breast pump could I get?
Often, benefit plans will provide a personal double-electric pump at no cost to you. A personal double-electric breast pump is portable and easy to use. It allows you to pump both breasts at once, cutting pumping time in half.
When can I get a breast pump?
Qualified benefit plan members may obtain a breast pump within 30 days of their estimated delivery date.
How do I get a breast pump?
To get a breast pump, simply call the phone number on your benefit plan ID card. Below are the names of contracted breast pump suppliers or network health care providers you may contact. You do not need a prescription to get a breast pump.
When you request your breast pump, the breast pump supplier may ask you:
- Your doctor’s name and phone number
- The date the baby was delivered or due date
You will not be reimbursed for a breast pump that you purchase at a retail store.
National breast pump suppliers
You may also receive a breast pump at no cost through our national suppliers.
You can call the following breast pump suppliers to request a breast pump:
- Byram Healthcare - Mail order
- Edgepark Medical Supplies - Mail order
- McKesson/Target Breast Pump Program - In store pick up or mail order
Members will be able to pick up their breast pump in person at their local Target store if the order has been placed through the 800 number above.
- Medline Industries, Inc. - Mail order
1-877-436-8522 or 1-800-633-5463
- Walmart - Mail order
Medicaid in the following states: MA, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, TX
Questions? Call the phone number on your benefit plan ID card.
American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement: Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Accessed July 21, 2016.
WomensHealth.gov. Breastfeeding: Why breastfeeding is important. Accessed July 27, 2016.
Last Updated: July 28, 2016