What can Obamacare do for me?
September 10, 2012 12:14 PM Subscribe
I'm about two weeks away from the birth of my first child. I am emphatic about breastfeeding, but more importantly pumping breast milk for when I have to go back to work. Help me figure out the Affordable Health Care Act (crassly called Obamacare) and how I can get my hands on the necessary supplies and support that I'll need very, very soon.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith to health & fitness (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
makes mention of "comprehensive lactation support and counseling, by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period, and costs for renting breastfeeding equipment ... in conjunction with child birth", but I have literally no idea how this will be implemented when I am at the hospital. My husband and I did a maternity tour over the weekend and were told about having lactation consultants and supplies available post-partum, but I was not thinking and did not ask how one goes about getting these things, specifically the breast pump and accompanying supplies themselves. The page I linked to above mentions that it is possible to rent, but I can find no further information about how to do that once I've got a baby in my arms.
Has anyone acquired a breast pump since the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act? Is there paperwork (there has to be paperwork, right?) Like I said, I am emphatic about breastfeeding and pumping and would love to not have to pay an arm and a leg for this if I don't have to. When I was on the maternity tour I mentioned earlier, they had the Rolls Royce of breast pumps, the Medela Freestyle, in one of the birthing suites, so I imagine that that is what will be offered at my hospital, if not something similar (although I'm hoping for Medela).
Extra info: I'm in Ohio, if that matters.