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Breastfeeding Equipment May Be Free Through Affordable Care Act

Some new mothers may get needed breastfeeding equipment for free as part of the Affordable Care Act.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some new mothers may get needed breastfeeding equipment for free as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Jessica Donahue, RN and Lactation Consultant at Baptist Hospital, says some patients may be able to use their insurance to cover breastfeeding equipment that they previously had to pay for out of pocket.

For new moms like Katine Magee, that's good news. She recently made the decision to breast feed.

"I feel like that's how nature intended," said Magee.

"Some insurance plans are covering the costs at 100% of lactation consulting and breastfeeding products including breast pumps," said Donahue.

Finding out if your insurance will pick up the slack can be a little difficult.

"We can help them by helping them to know the questions to ask their insurance company to help determine what's covered under their plan," added Donahue.

Donahue add that even if it turns out your insurance doesn't cover breastfeeding products, don't let that be a deal breaker.

"It's very affordable when you consider the cost of not breastfeeding, which are an increase in your baby being ill, missed time from work," said Donahue.

Many questions can be answered over the phone. You can call the Baptist warmline at 501-202-7378.

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