Going back to work after the birth of your child can be stressful but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, continuing to nourish your baby with breast milk does not have to be! The U.S. Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, requires employers to provide moms reasonable break time and a private place to pump, other than a bathroom. What this means for you is you can continue to breastfeed even after you return to work! Here is what you will need to pump at work.
What you will need to pump at work
- First and foremost you will need a breastpump! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only requires employers to provide support to nursing moms, but also requires most insurance companies to provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment to new and expectant moms. What this means for you is you could get your breastpump free through insurance and you do not have to wait until after your baby is born to cash in on your benefits.
- You will need bottles or bags to collect and store your expressed milk. Depending on the breastpump you choose, storage bottles could be part of the breastpump pack.
- Access to a refrigerator or a cooler to store your expressed milk. Most breastpumps offer upgrades that include a cooler set that will come with ice packs and storage bottles. This option is especially convenient for moms who travel for work. Rules for storing breast milk can be found here.
- Breast pads will become your best friend, trust us! Protect your clothing and relieve skin irritation by choosing breast pads with wicking technology.
Continuing to breastfeed after you return to work has been made a lot easier thanks to the Affordable Care Act and breastpumps. What you need to pump at work in large part can be obtained through insurance. If you have yet to qualify for your free breastpump through insurance we can help. Aeroflow specializes in helping new and expectant moms just like you obtain a breastpump through insurance. Simply fill out the Qualify Through Insurance form and we will verify your coverage and reimbursement, get your prescription from your doctor and submit the required paperwork to your insurance company. All you have to do is wait for your new breastpump to arrive in the mail. Pumping at work does not have to be difficult and we are here to help! We look forward to hearing from you soon.