Securing a breastpump through your health insurance may be an option for you. Typically, for insurance to cover the cost, your pump needs to come from a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider.
Finding your pump provider
If you have great luck with an Ithaca area DME, please let me know and I will list them here!
Some people have had luck with this nationwide DME, which specializes in breast pumps. If you use this company, please tell me how it goes.
If you are exclusively pumping
If you are pumping exclusively, especially for a premature or ill infant, your best bet at keeping up your supply is with a rental-grade pump, like the Medela Symphony. Jillian’s Drawers (in downtown Ithaca on the Commons) stocks rental pumps. Double check the pricing, but last I checked it was $25/week or $80/month. If you are unable to find a rental pump, please contact me and we’ll explore other options. For the Symphony pump, you will also need a pumping kit. If Jillian’s doesn’t have one available, you can purchase one on line here.
If you plan to return to work or pump frequently
If you are planning to return to work or pump frequently, you will probably want a double electric pump. Ask your insurance company if either of these pumps are available:
- Medela Pump N Style Advanced (also known as the Medela advanced personal double pump)
- Ameda Purely Yours
If you are offered another brand of pump, please feel free to check in and we can discuss your best option.