Do I need to bring in a breast pump when I deliver my baby at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center?No, it’s not necessary to bring a breast pump to the Birth Center when you deliver. Staff will assess the feeding plan of care. If pumping is recommended, staff will initiate it by providing a hospital grade breast pump for use during your hospital stay. However, if desired, a you may bring in your personal breast pump for assistance in learning on how to set it up during the hospital stay
Does insurance cover the cost of a breast pump?Because insurance plans differ, we recommend you discuss your coverage for a breast pump with your insurance provider. Most insurance companies do not cover the rental cost or purchase of a breast pump. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has implemented a ruling that breast pumps and breast feeding supplies are recognizable as medical expenses worthy of reimbursement through Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Does the hospital rent breast pumps? What is the average cost?We do not offer breast pumps for rent or purchase. However, we can provide a list of the local rental stations. Pricing may vary.
How much support will I have for lactation?At the Birth Center, all of our staff nurses are trained in lactation. We also have on staff three international board-certified lactation consultants, and five certified lactation consultants. As a team, we assist with feedings and monitoring of each infant's progress.
For more information, we strongly encourage you to attend a breast feeding class. Classes are available only for patients of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center. For more information about our breast feeding or other childbirth classes, please call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666.
Last Review Date: March 21, 2012
Online Editor(s): Tamara Kroll