For New Moms! Check Out How To Get a Free Breast Pump

How to get a free breast pump2How To Get a Free Breast Pump

As many of you know, having a child can be very expensive.  We are very thankful that at the tender age of 24 I stumbled upon this site!  Living Rich With Coupons has changed our lives.  We were still dating and I knew I had to find a way to save money.  We had to save up to pay for our wedding on our own and I felt buried in college debt.  This is when I started my journey as an Extreme Couponer and since then I can’t imagine life without coupons and being a resourceful, frugal shopper.  We are on our way to being 100% debt free and Cindy and LRWC has so much to do with that!

Anyway, I’ve been hearing these rumors from pregnant friends about getting a FREE breast pump through their insurance companies.  I told my pregnant sister about this, and after one simple phone call to her insurance, she has a fancy new Medela Electric Breast Pump headed her way!  I got thinking, whoa, this is pretty cool, so I did some research and found out it’s true.

As of January 1, 2013, the provision of the Affordable Care Act that demanded insurance cover breast pumps, breastfeeding supplies, and lactation support has gone into effect.  That means that all mothers can get these pricey machines covered by their insurance companies with no deductible, no out-of-pocket expense!  This really made me excited because I am such an advocate of breastfeeding.  I truly believe it’s what’s best for you and your baby, plus it’s FREE…except for the breast pump of course, however that’s why I’m happy to share this tip with you all.

When my first child was first born, I was so unhappy to cough up over $300 for my Medela Breast Pump.  She came a month early and we didn’t have a pump yet, so my husband ran out to Babies R Us the day we got home from the hospital and made this big purchase on his own.  The pump worked great and I never had problems with it, but that is a lot of money for a young couple to come up with in addition to all the other first-time baby expenses!  Thanks to this new Act, most insurance companies are required to cover a pump in it’s entirety, or depending on your coverage, at least supply you with breastfeeding supplies.  I called my insurance company, Aetna, and I’m happy to say I’m eligible for a completely FREE breast pump with no deductible, no co-pay and no out of pocket expenses!  Woot!  Here is some information directly off the Aetna site, that will vary from insurance company to insurance company, but should be pretty standard:

The Women’s Preventive Health Breast Feeding Benefit includes:

  • a standard electric pump (non-hospital-grade) within 60 days of birth, once every three years, or
  • a manual breast pump within 12 months of birth, if you have not received an electric or a manual breast pump in the last three years, and
  • another set of breast pump supplies if you get pregnant again before you are eligible for a new pump.

Aetna provided me with a list of vendors and brands of breast pumps covered under my plan.  I will be receiving the Medela Advanced Personal Double Breast Pump, which comes with double pumping kit, original 2-Phase Expression, A.C.power cord, power accessory battery pack, convenient shoulder bag with integrated cooler bag with ice packs, breast milk containers and shields, instructions and warranties.  This pump is selling at Babies R Us for $349.99!

So, if you’re a mother to be or know someone expecting, PLEASE share this tip with them or give your insurance a call.  The worst that can happen is you find out you’re not covered, but more likely than not you’ll receive something.  And please, if you’re on the fence about breastfeeding…give it a shot!  It’s the best “challenge” I ever overcame, because it was hard in the beginning, however once I stuck with it and didn’t give up, it became pure joy and ease and such a neat bonding experience with my little girl.  It saved us a TON of money too!

How many of you have looked into receiving a FREE breast pump?

If you are new to couponing, you may want to check out the Couponing for Beginners section where you will find a lot of answers to your questions.

How to Get a Free Breast Pump

The links in the post above may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure.
  • Char

    I have Aetna too, and called to see how to go about getting one, not to order yet as my little one isn’t due til Aug. They are going to cover mine in full, yay, but they only gave me 2 companies that my plan will work with. One doesn’t cover medela and the one that does, says they’re out of stock and won’t be receiving anymore 🙁 Which supply company did you luck out with???

  • Lisa

    Cograts Melinda, wishing you and your (growing) family all the best!

    • Living Rich With Coupons

      Thanks so much Lisa 🙂

  • Angela

    As a mom who exclusively breastfed I swear by the Medela products. One of pediatric NP’s in the pediatrician office was also a lactation consultant. My son’s pediatrician practice was able to get products at a reduced cost compared to Babies R Us.

    That might be an option for new moms to ask about and see if you go thru the office will it be covered. Even if you can get your hygiene creams that way it would make a difference.

    I know that nursing is a personal choice so do what it is best for you and your baby.

  • Bernell

    I just gave birth on 4/11 and called my insurance company yesterday. I found out I receive 2 lactation sessions at 100% coverage and a free Breast pump.
    This is my 3rd child and I need all the savings I can get.
    I had saw a lactation consultant today and I had to fork out $150, but I’m so thankful I’ll be getting that back. Can u imagine?? My goodness!!

    Thanks for your post!!

  • Alan

    No..not free. You pay for it…we pay for it. When you see insurance rates go up because people want to ebay / craiglist pumps they dont need…understand why.

    Not saying that is happening in all or even most of the time but want to bet you do a search and find a fair number of these NIB for 150.00 or less?

    • Faith

      Why do you have to make something positive into something negative?

    • kay

      I purchased my breast pump for over $300 and considered it an investment. After 2 kids it received much use.
      I don’t think the above view is negative, it is just honest. It is not “free” as insurance rates go up. My concern is I know many women who think they will breastfeed but for whatever reason it does work out or it ends up being very short term. To me a free breast pump has the potential to mean a lot of waste as some people may secure a pump only because it is free and they may not be committed to breast feeding. Sorry I think it is great for those who will get a lot of use out of them, but I do not think the cost should be spread to everyone in increased insurance rates. I wanted to breastfeed when I went back to work so I was willing save and pay for a pump because that was important to me. Anyway congrats to all the expecting moms.

      • Faith

        I see your point….if this is another website debating about healthcare coverage. I just don’t think this is the correct venue for a comment like that.

      • stasha

        I work for blue Cross and insurance rates wont be going up from people using their benefits that they pay for. You pay for your insurance every month with your premium and a breast pump is covered under your durable medical equipment coverage the same way a pair of crutches or an oxygen machine is covered. Rates will actually begin to go down over the next few years because
        each company will have more members posting premiums

    • Megan

      Considering you have to have given birth within 60 days, I don’t think there will be a ton of people gaming the system and getting a pump to resell. I think this is a fantastic law. Breastmilk is the best nutrition for a baby and has major health benefits for mom and baby. Thanks for passing along this info. I am nursing my last child right now and purchased my pump before he was born but I will definitely be telling everyone I know about this.

  • Cassie

    Im due in a week and had heard of this… My insurance company will provide 2 in home lactation consultation visits and a manual breast pump- which requires a prescription and I can’t fill it until AFTER birth.

    For the person who said its not really free, to get a pump, not use it, & sell it on eBay/Craigslist, that would be unethical & Cindy is highly against unethical deals. However, breastfeeding/breastmilk saves taxpayer/insurance company/our dollars in healthcare costs in the long run.

  • Faith

    Congratulations and this is awesome information!!! Hmmm, makes you wonder why insurance companies don’t advertise this 😉

    • stasha

      we do advertise it in your benefit booklet that you receive yearly but no one looks thru the Wooler thing lol

  • Anonymous

    pop the wonderful bubble!

  • Callie

    My Blue Cross Blue Shield doesn’t cover a pump, apparently my insurance plan was grandfathered in & not required to abide by the Affordable Health Act. I called and emailed, same response from both reps 🙁

    • Jacie

      Us too 🙁

    • helloawilson

      Yep, us too. Makes me sad.

    • Trish

      Same here 🙁

  • Amanda

    My insurance company covers it as well. (BCBS NJ Direct 10) I can buy from any store and they reimburse 100%. This is great since I am going back to work and want to continue to bf. Thanks!

  • Sandi

    I have to agree with Alan, rates go up and yes it is tempting to take a “free” item even if you don’t use it, you can always sell it or donate it. @Melinda congrats and such a cute announcement, for a moment there I didn’t do the math and though you were having twins, typical mother that I am, leaving a key part out of the equation, The Mommy.

  • Maggies

    Im calling my Insurance I hope they cover it too….

  • Alissa

    I have Cigna and they cover it at 100%. I have to call one month before my due date and they have a company who ships it to you.
    If you need a hospital grade breast pump then you need a Rx from a Dr and Letter of Medical Necessity, but otherwise its covered.

  • Tracy

    I don’t think any one here is encouraging people to get one of these for free if they don’t need it, just informing those that do of this valuable resource.

    I didn’t even check with my insurance company 5 years ago when I had my DS (I thought about it, but didn’t do it) so I paid several hunderd dollars for a pump. I’m so glad I did with my DD 3 years ago because I got a free pump thanks to my insurance. I used it for over a year and I was very grateful that my insurance covered it. I had to get an Rx from my OB and I was able to get it before my due date.

  • Beth G.

    Thank you. I shared this with my sister. She is very excited to not have to spend $300+ to buy a pump.

  • Anonymous

    hopefully Im covered. I will check with my insurance company to see if Im covered. I was planning on buying a manual pump (I preferred the manual over electric wih my first baby) but if I can get a free one:-, I will take it. I loved breastfeeding and plan on doing it again with my new LO whos due in 5 weeks

  • Gabby

    I have state insurance (Phoenix health plan) through access. Will they cover a pump?

  • crlybrgr

    BCBS via Carecentrix gave me my manual pump for free, but tried to charge me a shipping fee that was almost as expensive as purchasing a manual pump at Target. I called BCBS and they spoke with Carecentrix who claimed it wasn’t supposed to be charged and they took the charge off (well, the second agent BC spoke to..smells fishy to me). Make sure there are no “labor/service fees” when you work with a company who is shipping your free product.

  • crlybrgr

    BCBS via Carecentrix gave me my manual pump for free, but tried to charge me a shipping fee that was almost as expensive as purchasing a manual pump at Target. I called BCBS and they spoke with Carecentrix who claimed it wasn’t supposed to be charged and they took the charge off (well, the second agent BC spoke to..smells fishy to me). Make sure there are no “labor/service fees” when you work with a company who is shipping your free product.

  • Ijenks

    I have Aetna in NJ and they informed me of this. Would anyone happen to know the vendor name that provides that breast pump??

  • Ijenks

    I have Aetna in NJ and they informed me of this. Would anyone happen to know the vendor name that provides that breast pump??

  • 2underTWO

    Awesome advice! I had no clue. I called my insurance (BCBS FEP) and they cover 100% costs through CVS Caremark for one Ameda manual pump or one Ameda double electric pump AND they give you 150 breastmilk storage bags! Thank you so much for the advice!

    • Melinda Dilione

      Oh awesome!! So happy this was helpful to you 🙂

  • vik

    My Insurance Blue Cross Blue Sheild Told Me They Cover Breast pUmps After I Pay The First $250, I Am So Disappointed I actually thought they were a good insurance company. $250 is still a lot to pay for out-of-pocket,
    I guess they do a benefit themselves first before helping expecting mothers 🙁

  • Heather Courser

    Tricare ( military insurance) does not cover breast pumps , wish they did.

  • Megan

    I have Tricare and unfortunately the military doesn’t care about it’s families and does not pay for anything

  • Mandi44k

    I’m calling ASAP. I need a breast pump as the only time I was successful was with a pump. I really want to do this but can not afford a pump.

  • suri

    Wow it’s free plus i got the brand name medela pump within day’s giving my doctor’s prescription. They are in NY & called A Medical Supplies 845-783-6678 the staff are fully knowledge of all breastpumps.

  • Jahsee’s NahNah

    congrats to all the new moms and soon to be. I have a question for my daughter, she just gave birth to her first beautiful bouncing baby boy and want’s nothing more than to give him breast milk, but the manual pump they gave her at the hospital is just to hard for her to work by herself, but she doesn’t have insurance and we are really not in the position to purchase a breast pump for her, but she desperately needs one. it’s been hard for him to latch because he was 4 weeks early. are there any programs or agencies that we could contact to help?

    • Ang In CT

      Contact your hospital lactation department. They may offer a low cost rental program for a hospital grade pump. Forgive me but doesn’t the baby qualify for government insurance/needs/WIC. Perhaps your local WIC or LaLeche office could help with more information then me as I don’t know your specifics.

      • Jahsee’s NahNah

        Thank you. My daughter and her boyfriend are young(21), and they both work, but the county told her that she made to much money for medical, which really surprises me since she barely makes $12 an hour. I’m trying to do as much as i can for them, but $200 is a lot of money, at anytime, but right after the holidays it just make things harder. we didn’t’ expect him until 2/5, he caught us by surprise.
        she is receiving WIC and I told her to call them and ask, that was actually my first thought.

  • lc

    You have to wait 60 days until after giving birth to receive a pump?

    • jd

      “within 60 days of birth”
      means no more than 60 days after

  • Dot Dlots

    Here is what I just received from the Anthem BCBS rep. “To receive the full 100% coverage,
    the breast pump must be billed by a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplier who
    is in the PPO network, or by a professional or facility provider who is
    contracted through the PPO network to render this service. Please verify with
    the provider, at the time of service, that they are still contracted as PPO
    participating.”