How To Get A Free Breast Pump & Lactation Consultant Services

If you plan on breastfeeding, I highly recommend getting a pump. There will always be situations where a pump comes in handy, especially if you’re a working mama.

Here’s some great news: If you have health insurance, you can probably get one free!

How to get a free breast pump

I breastfed two kids and, in both instances, my breast pump has been invaluable. I paid for mine out of pocket, but now the Affordable Care Act has mandated insurance companies to cover the full cost of breast pumps and usually at least one visit to a lactation consultant.

What the law doesn’t say, however, is what kind of pump has to be provided and how many lactation consultant visits they cover. That is left to the insurance company.

Which brings us to the first step of the process in getting your free breast pump.

Step 1: Contact your insurer

The best way to get started is to contact your health insurance provider and talk to them about their breast pump policy. They’ll give you a list of the pumps and suppliers they work with. You also want to ask about their policy with lactation consultants (who are, in my opinion, invaluable).

Regarding the pump, you can buy one on your own, submit it to your insurance for reimbursement, and wait for the check.

Or there’s another option, which I didn’t know about. You can work with a breast pump supplier and pay zero out of pocket.

Which bring us to…

Step 2: Choose a breast pump supplier

There are now breast pump suppliers you can work with directly to get your breast pump for free. The supplier fronts the cost of the breast pump and submits the claim to your insurance company on your behalf. Kinda convenient, right? And given all of the runarounds I’ve heard about getting reimbursed, I think this is a good option.

There are three main providers you can choose from.

1. Lucina Care

Lucina Care specializes in breast pumps and breastfeeding info. They offer pumps by Hygeia, Lansinoh, Melodi, Nuk, Phillips Avent, and Rumble Tuff. They have lots of information on their site and compare the various pumps and which one is best for you. Additionally, you can chat live with an agent on their site if you have questions.

2. Edgepark

Edgepark specializes in medical supply delivery and offers Medela, Ameda, and TOMY breast pumps. To order with them, you fill out an online form and a representative contacts you to complete the order.

3. Byram Healthcare


Byram Healthcare
 also does medical supply delivery, including breast pumps. As I went through their online ordering process, I was eligible for three pumps – an Ameda, a Hygeia, and a Medela.

Full disclosure: Lucina Care is a Mama Natural sponsor. But, even if they weren’t, they are definitely my favorite because:

  • Lucina Care has the widest selection of the latest breast pump models. More importantly all their pumps are complete kits. Some suppliers only provide the pump and ask you to buy the bottles and accessories separately.
  • Lucina Care will take your order anytime during your pregnancy to ensure you’ll have your pump before your baby is born.
  • They also have exceptional customer service.

But at the end of the day, you need to find out which providers are covered in your insurance plan

Questions to ask your insurance carrier:

  • What kind of pump can I get?
  • Can I work with a breast pump supplier? Which suppliers are covered under my insurance?
  • Are there certain brands and models that I have to purchase?
  • Do I have to purchase your “recommended” pump(s) or can I purchase my own (out-of-network pump)? If so, what is the dollar limit to coverage? What paperwork do you need for reimbursement?
  • If I already have a pump, can I submit for reimbursement?
  • Do I need to wait for pre-approval before purchasing my pump or meeting with my lactation consultant?
  • When can I get my breast pump? Do I have to wait until baby is born?

Some insurance companies will request that your lactation consultant be certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, although according to the law, this isn’t mandatory.

The Health and Human Services Department says insurers cannot deny lactation services simply because they lack trained providers in-network; they are obligated to cover one out of network. An unreasonable delay is also not acceptable.

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Happy breastfeeding!

I am excited to see the law support breastfeeding mamas like us. So if you’re pregnant or if your baby is less than 1 year old, definitely contact your insurance company to see which pump you’re eligible for, and which provider you can work with.

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  1. I ordered my breast pump to Lucina Care and they have the best customer service. The shipping was superb! After ordering I got my pump in 2 days. Hassle free indeed! Plus they are giving free shipping and free replacement kit for every breast pump order! This might help you http://www.lucinacare.com

  2. Surprised to not see Aeroflow on here. They are one of the largest and offer the best customer service and choices from what I can tell from the reviews. Just started my process with them and so far, so good!

  3. Hi

    Nice article, thank you. Just wanted to point out that my experience with Lucinacare was not good. Unhelpful and don’t stock Medela pumps. I didn’t want to settle for 2nd rate pump so got a lovely new Medela from Edgepark.

    Otherwise info was all spot on!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this information. It help narrow down my search a lot. I have been searching, calling and even bought a medela freestyle from target, but found out that it was not covered by insurance. I keep getting different answer from my insurance representative and none of them are useful. After reading your article, I order a medela advance starter right away from byram, now I am waiting for them to respond.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. Some insurance pump models do not include a cooler tote and other accessories essential to working moms. Ask your insurance company if you can purchase your pump from a DME like http://www.lactationconnection.com and then file for reimbursement. That way you get the highest quality pump in the model you (and not your insurance company) want. The same goes for replacement parts. They are almost never offered by the insurance providers, but are essential to keep your pump running at optimal suction. You should replace valves and filters every 6-8 weeks. Lactation Connection includes insurance codes on their receipts which will help you when filing for reimbursement on these parts that are covered under the Affordable Care Act.

  6. We were fortunate to get our pump fully covered through our insurance, which we ordered through Mark’s Drug Medical Supply. http://www.markdrugmedicalsupply.com/
    The entire process was extremely quick and easy. I called close to their closing time to inquire and spoke with Teresa. She took all my information to verify coverage and said she would have an answer the next day. I promptly received a call the following morning, as promised, and we received our pump in the mail the very next day! We went with the Medla Pump in Style Starter Kit.

  7. I don’t see Aeroflow Breastpumps on here? They actually specialize in breastpumps. I can’t rave about them enough. My sister told me about them and I filled out their Qualify Through Insurance form on their website and they did EVERYTHING for me…amazing, I tell you. Called my insurance company and doctor. I got my Medela PNSA Starter in about 3 days!

  8. Need some help, my insurance plan does not cover any breast pumps, due to it being a grandfathered plan. This news was very disappointing to say the least.
    Does anyone know of any providers or breast pump companies that will send you one for free or at a discounted rate? That would be great if I did not have to add one more thing to my growing list of things I still need, not to mention the cost of a good pump. I have heard that if you have a prescription for a pump written that insurance may cover that? (I have not looked in this avenue yet)

    • Acelleron.com was way cheaper than other suppliers for pumps when I was looking into this. Also check eBay.

  9. Lucina may have a large selection of pumps but they work with very few insurance companies. They probably aren’t the best option for the majority of people.

  10. When do you suggest contacting your insurance company about getting a breast pump? I am currently 17 weeks.

    • Fairly certain that most insurance companies will not provide the pump to you until baby is born. For the time between when your baby is born and when you receive your free pump, you have the option to rent a hospital grade pump through your hospital. Your doctor could help to give you information on this!

  11. Hi! If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield and live in Illinois you can get your pump from Mark Drug Medical Supply. We do double electric and hospital grades. The brands we carry are Medela, Ameda, Lansinoh and the Freemie. We can also bill Medicaid. We also have a special on the Medela Messenger Bag. If you purchase any Medela accessory you can get the bag for half off, which is usually $149. It includes a portable cooler with ice pack and a spare double pumping kit. We also offer $2 coupons for the accessories and a $5 coupon for the bag. Check out Markdrugmedicalsupply.com to fill out our online form or call 847-537-8500.

  12. Just a little additional information you might want to add, I called my insurance company (I have Tricare) and they had to dig a little for information but they found that because its government insurance coverage, they have different requirements regarding the affordable care act and they only cover a breast pump if the baby is premature and its medically necessary according to your physician AFTER you’ve been discharged from the hospital. Its understandable considering how much they do cover (Id have had a heart attack over my daughters dental if it weren’t for them), but I thought Id throw that out there in case any other military mommas are reading 🙂

  13. Loved to hear that a medela pump in style is covered by insurance since it’s under law by ACA (affordable care act) I live in NY & recently asked my doctor for a prescription & emailed it to my local medical supply store with name “A Medical” & was thrilled to get it delivered to my door within day’s.
    I can share there number 845-783-6678
    I felt very cared for with there personal service.
    & I have health first.

  14. Thank.

  15. Thank you SO much for this information! My baby girl is almost 2 weeks old and I had no idea my ins may cover a pump. I followed the steps you suggested and received an email from Edgepark today that my pump is on its way!

  16. I got a pump through Lucina Care. They are so helpful. I could live chat on their website and they responded all my answers quickly. I received a Melodi pump through UHC community Plan. It has internal rechargeable battery and I can use it anywhere without any power cord.

    • Lucina care are not a great company. I tried to order through them but made me wait for 2 weeks before telling me they don’t cover my plan. Waste of time. Try Edgepark

  17. I recently used Lucina Care to order my breast pump through United Health Care. I received the pump two days after ordering and this was before my baby was born!! This was great because I was able to bring it to the hospital with me. I was very surprised to receive it so soon because the other vendors I had contacted told me I could not receive the pump until after my baby was here. I would highly recommend Lucina Care for their great customer service!

    • I have UHC as well – which one did you order?

      Are you happy with it?

  18. Hey Genevieve. Speaking of breastfeeding…I am trying to decide if I should by the Boppy nursing pillow or the Blessed Nest nursing pillow. I think you did a review once on the Blessed Nest pillow. Any thoughts on which one you like better?

  19. Hey, I also wanted to add, a lot of insurance companies will only cover one in a lifetime. If that is the case and you think your done and end up with a surprise, if you leave it on the top of the car and drive onto the freeway and realize it in time to watch it get run over by a semi, or if you just want a back up, there are garage sale sites on facebook that you can find them cheap. I just got 2 like-new pumps for $20 each. DO NOT REUSE THE TUBING!!! YEA for all your breastfeeding moms!!! Thank you Genevieve. One of the few that I follow. I appreciate your research!!! Keep it up ladies!

  20. I have United Healthcare and when I had my baby last April I had to order mine from one of their supply companies. They would not reimburse me if I rented one or bought one from somewhere other then the supplier. Which was good and bad. Good because it covered the pump at 100%. Bad because I didn’t have much of a choice. I went with Lucina since they had hospital grade pumps and what seemed like good customer service. I ended up delivering via emergancy c-section at 31 weeks and have had to exclusively pump. To get a hospital grade pump – recommended for exclusive pumpers- I had to get a prescription from our NICU doctor and submit it to get pre-approved for a hospital grade pump. Which caused a few week delay in getting my pump. I ended up renting a pump from my hospital to cover the gap between birth and getting my pump. I will say that Lucina was great in helping me get my pump as fast as possible. Their customer service person was giving me regular email updates on where the pump was in the process (pre-approval from insurance, order from the insurance company, shipping, etc).

    Also, my insurance only covers the pump for the first year. The pump has to be returned in 12 months to Lucina. My baby just turned a year so we are luckily living off the freezer stash I was able to stock away but I was hoping for an extended breast milk feeding.

  21. I got a Rumble Tuff pump through http://www.lucinacare.com
    They have much better pumps than any other provider and their website is easier to access. I am just loving this breast pump.

  22. I’m a little disappointed that Tricare only covers this if you have a premature baby. They in no way provide it otherwise. 🙁

  23. The way we did it was after our son was born the LC at the hospital gave us a prescription for a pump. We then had to take it to the local medical supply store in our town with the prescription and they gave us one. It is a Medela, I think the pump and style. I love it and it works so well!

  24. I have blue cross blue shield and they cover a maximum of $175 towards a pump so I still had to pay $85 for my pump when I bought it in January this year. Plus, it had to be purchased from a medical supply store that they list as a provider and who carries pumps. It took me 2 months and multiple phone calls to finally get put into contact with a shop in New York that the insurance company uses. It wont necessarily be free. It depends on your insurance plan.

    • I also have Blue Cross and Blue Shield and called them and they gave me a 1-800 number I called and they sent me Medela pump in style free. I had a choice from three electric pumps.

    • I only found a couple places that took BCBS insurance. Aeroflow has a national contract with them and covered a Spectra pump for me at no cost.

  25. Have you heard of breasts not releasing to a pump? I have an ameda pump…exclusively breastfeeding. When I pump, on average I get about 2oz total. Its pretty discouraging. I work afew days a week and that’s why I’d like to improve my pumping some! Just curious…thank you for all of your great info!

    • Same here. I’m lucky to pump 1 oz total for my five month old! I’ve never been responsive to the pump. 🙁

      • Try caring a picture of your baby with you when you pump and focus on how you feel holding him or her when they are hungry. It helped get me flowing

    • Hey Amanda, Pumping can be very difficult. It didn’t work at all with my first, very little with my second, finally worked with my 3rd, and peanut 4, bottles filled within minuets. One of the biggest challenges for me was really knowing my body and what it was actually doing. “Let Down” is a very tricky thing and it comes easier with experience but it wasn’t until my 3rd that I was actually able to control it myself. There are a number of things you can try to encourage that more than the usual, mothers milk tea and drinking more water. If you don’t know what “Let down” is, please feel free to find me on Facebook and I would be happy to see if I can help you out at all. Dani Lotz Miller. I totally understand the discouragement. If this is your first, please get a hold of me or someone from la leche or a consultant somewhere. Do not fear. Breastfeeding isn’t easy, comfortable or convenient but I am a very firm believer that everyone who has breasts can breastfeed if they have the right encouragement and support system. Good Luck!!!

      • Wow, thanks! I “know” what let down is. I just don’t have control of it.

        • i think the pumps may have some differences too because i got nothing with ameda pumps and medela worked great for me. but i had a friend that had medela and got a tomy and it worked greak for her.

    • I’m having the same issue with the same pump! Is it us or could it be the pump?

  26. We did this through our insurance last year! Our doctor actually wrote a script for a breast pump and we were able to go to a local medical supply store. After we showed our insurance card and script we got the Medela Breast Pump for free. Great information to share with new moms!

  27. Hi Genevieve, thanks for all your wonderful posts. I was wondering… If you pump milk do you then give the milk by way of a bottle to your little one? If yes, is this OK? I mean won’t the baby have nipple confusion?

    • My pleasure!

      My lactation consultant told me to offer a bottle around once or twice a week at 6 weeks. She thinks this sets up a good pattern where baby will take the bottle when needed but won’t cause nipple confusion. It’s worked for us with both babies!

  28. I got my free pump through https://pumpingessentials.com and it was so easy. I just filled out their form online and then they contacted me to finish the order. I got a Medela Pump in Style, with the tote bag and a hands free bra, and it all came right away before baby.

  29. Hi Genevieve, are you planing on making a video about breastpump reviews? which is the better and why. My son is 3 so I’m not breastfeeding or anything but my sister in law was looking for a good breastpump she asked for my advise. I did a bit of a research at the time I was looking one for me (3 years ago) I said to her go with medela which from my experience works wonderfully. But I would like to know your opinion in this so important must have.

      • Yay 🙂 Definitely excited to see a pump review video…would love to hear your thoughts on the freemie since it’s hands free system is different from the more traditional pumps. Currently researching my options for breast pumps out of the list my insurance will cover…even with ins. helping to narrow it down there is still such a variety! I want to make sure I get the “right” one..Decisions decisions lol

  30. which pump do you use?

  31. Hey Genevieve … Have you thought about doing a post on milk sharing and donating milk to a milk bank?

      • I would absolutely love it if you would! I’m currently TTC and with my last kiddo I produced WAY too much milk for one kiddo. I’d love to help other mamas out. 😀

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