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How to Get a Willow Breast Pump Through Insurance

Pregnancy is an exciting time. It’s the period where you’re beginning your transition into parenthood, or getting ready to continue growing your family. During this time, you'll need to make changes to maintain a healthy pregnancy, consider baby names, and get ready for new milestones. Hearing your baby's heartbeat, feeling their movements, and seeing their face on an ultrasound will be unforgettable moments that will increase your anticipation for the big day. During this time, many expecting parents also enjoy tracking the growth of their baby, exposing them to your voices and favorite music, and begin preparing your home for their arrival. Although pregnancy is filled with memorable moments and emotions, you’ll need to make sure that you have all of the supplies necessary for the big day—including a breast pump. To make the process simpler and avoid unnecessary expenses, we'll guide you on how to order an insurance-covered Willow breast pump.

What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?

Early on in your pregnancy, you’ll want to consider whether you’ll be breastfeeding or using formula. Although it's a personal choice, breastfeeding is recommended by doctors worldwide, as it’s the best way to support your baby's development and provide essential nutrients for growing mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Breastfeeding is the best way to ensure that your baby receives all the necessary nutrients and vitamins for development. Not only does it provide these benefits, but it also promotes skin-to-skin contact, which strengthens the bond between mother and baby. During nursing, this can help increase emotional security for your newborn, which has lasting effects into adulthood. The properties in breast milk can also help strengthen your baby's immune system and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as asthma, childhood obesity, certain infections, and respiratory diseases. Breastfeeding has also been found to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and improve overall sleeping patterns.

The early days of breastfeeding provide your newborn with rich, nutrient-dense colostrum, often referred to as "liquid gold." It got this nickname because it’s high in protein, fat-soluble vitamins, immunoglobulins, and minerals. Colostrum also functions as a natural vaccine, transferring antibodies from the mother to the baby. It’s rich in white blood cells that fight disease-causing bacteria and viruses, and helps to develop the baby's gastrointestinal and digestive systems. Although colostrum only lasts for a few days, ongoing breastfeeding continues to provide numerous benefits to developing babies.

How Can a Breast Pump Help with Nursing?

For optimal benefits, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their life and to continue breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods for at least 1 year or longer. It's also worth noting that exclusively breastfeeding your baby doesn’t mean you can’t use a bottle. You don’t need to feed your baby directly from your breast in order to reap the benefits of breast milk. In fact, it’s recommended (and eventually welcomed) to provide them with a bottle of expressed breast milk every once in a while.

When you supplement nursing with breast pumping, you can build a milk supply that can be fed to your baby when you are busy or away from home. This is particularly important for working mothers or when you need a break. Breast pumping also allows you to alleviate engorgement and discomfort during nursing while your baby is teething. For more information about breastfeeding and breast pumping, or if you have any questions, talk to your doctor or pediatrician. Regardless of your schedule, breastfeeding can be achieved and can be supplemented with breast pumping, so it’s worth exploring your options.

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What to Know About the Affordable Care Act

Obtaining a breast pump can be a financial burden for many families. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions that allow for insurance coverage of breast pumps. The ACA is a health care reform law enacted in 2010 to make health care more accessible, expand Medicaid, and support innovative medical care methods. Due to the proven health benefits of breast milk, the ACA legally requires insurance providers to offer plans that cover breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment, including breast pumps, throughout the duration of breastfeeding. Breast pumps, as durable medical equipment (DME), are covered benefits, making them available to new and expecting mothers at no cost through insurance.

The Willow Breast Pump Story

Willow pumps are a unique type of breast pump that were designed to contain all of the working parts and improve flexibility in lifestyles. This allows new and expecting mothers to break free from conventional breast pumps and live your life with both hands. They offer several different makes and models for your needs, without sacrificing mobility.

How to Choose Your Willow Breast Pump

Although you can get a no cost Willow breast pump through insurance, it’s important to check out your options to find out which style fits your needs best. Some of the most popular ones include the Willow 3.0 Hands-Free breast pump and the Willow Go™ Wearable breast pump.

Willow 3.0 Hands-Free Breast Pump

The Willow 3.0 Hands-Free breast pump is a smart, wearable breast pump that was designed to be discreet and hassle-free. It’s a leak-proof, cord-free, in-bra pump that provides you with 360° mobility and complete freedom. It also provides hospital-grade suction without disruptive noise. There are no cords, tubes, or bottles that you’ll need to attach, so you can easily wear it while doing other things around the house or at work.

For milk collection, the Willow 3.0 Hands-Free breast pump gives you two options. You can pump directly into the self-sealing storage bags that come with the unit or pump and transfer into a reusable container. Advanced smart pumping features also allow you to control the breast pump directly from your smartphone, giving you valuable insight on milk output and pumping sessions. The app is free, easy to use, and provides personalized tips based on your pumping sessions. When you order an insurance-covered Willow 3.0 Hands-free breast pump, you’ll receive:

  • 2 Willow 3.0 Pumps
  • 2 Flanges (24mm)
  • 24 4oz Milk Bags
  • 2 Cleaning Brushes
  • 1 Charger
  • Directions for the App

Willow Go™ Wearable Breast Pump

Another great option is the Willow Go™ Wearable breast pump. Although this pump is small, it packs high-quality hospital grade suction. The sleek design fits completely in your bra, giving you the freedom to multitask and get things done. It’s hands-free, cord-free, and was designed to help new moms get the most out of their day. When you wear the Willow Go™ pump, you free yourself from conventional breast pumps without sacrificing quality. Its sleek design allows you to pump discreetly, and the quiet volume means you can pump wherever you go. There are no wires, tubes, or bulky motors that need to be attached to your hip.

The Willow Go™ Wearable breast pump also has some of the largest reusable containers of any wearable in-bra pump, allowing you to maximize milk output during each session. It’s also integrated with smart technology so you can effortlessly track your pumping sessions and view various how-to videos to help you get the most out of your device. It’s also easy to clean and store. When you order an insurance-covered Willow Go™ Wearable breast pump, you’ll receive:

  • 2 Willow Go™ Pumps
  • 2 Flanges (21mm)
  • 2 Flanges (24mm)
  • 2 Container Backs
  • 2 Container Bowls
  • 2 Pump Diaphragms
  • 2 USB Charging Cables
  • Directions for the App


Easy Steps to Order a Willow Breast Pump Through Insurance

Byram Healthcare partners with various insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, and more to give new and expecting mothers the option to order a Willow breast pump without experiencing any financial burdens. The process is made simple and easy with Byram Healthcare's three-step ordering process.

As a leading medical supply company, Byram provides new and expecting mothers with the necessary educational materials, support, and supplies to excel in their pregnancy and journey into parenthood. We carry a wide range of different makes and models, allowing new mothers to confidently order their insurance-covered breast pump through our platform. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance coverage, reach out to Byram Healthcare's expert team for assistance.