If you would like to breastfeed, here are some free services and community supports that can help.
If your bundle of joy is on the way or just got here and you would like to breastfeed, here are some helpful things you may not know about breastfeeding.
Did you know that as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or what people commonly refer to as Obamacare, almost all health plans are required to cover the cost of a breast pump? Before you put a breast pump on your baby registry, call your insurance company to see if they cover the cost of rental or the purchase of a manual or electric breast pump.
Many health plans these days fully cover lactation consultations; lactation consultants are trained to help you overcome any breastfeeding challenges you may have. Many health plans require you to see an “in-network” provider, so call the member services number on the back of your insurance card to see if lactation visits are covered and which providers are in your network.
Many hospitals, pediatricians’ offices, yoga studios, children’s stores, and other places have free lactation support groups for new mommies. Typically, a lactation consultant is on hand for an hour or so to answer any questions you may have about your little one’s latch or other common issues.
As part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers who have more than 50 employees must provide working moms reasonable break time to pump breast milk, as well as a place to pump other than a bathroom.
You can sign up for Mobile Milk, a free service that provides breastfeeding information and tips. One to two text messages are delivered each week for moms between 28 weeks of pregnancy and 4 months after giving birth. Just text “MILK” to 877877.
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“Mobile Milk – Breastfeeding Texting Campaign,” The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Accessed October 27, 2015.