Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers
The ACA requires new private health insurance plans, including those available in the new health insurance marketplaces, to provide coverage for specified women’s preventive health services with no cost sharing (e.g., copayment, coinsurance, or deductible). Breastfeeding support, supplies and lactation counseling are one of these specified preventive services.
I appreciate that it is covered under 'preventive services', because breastfeeding prevents disease! Why NOT breastfeed or use breastmilk banks?
exerpt from National Confrence for State Legislators:
Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act
February 2014; material added June 30, 2014
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special focus on providing newly required coverage for a wide range of health preventive and screening services. In particular, the 63 distinct preventive services listed below must be covered without the enrollee having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet a deductible. This coverage began back in September 2010 for some newly issued health plans; effective January 1, 2014, it applies much more broadly, to plans offered in the individual, small, and some large group markets. There are and can be exceptions for some grandfathered employer plans and policies bought by persons who are exempt from the individual coverage mandate. For commercial health insurance, both inside and outside of health exchanges, this no-cost feature applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider. The material and service-specific links below includes material posted online by HHS at www.healthfinder.gov/prevention.
New goal for USA is 82% of all babies breastfed by 2020.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are beautiful!
For more information:
- Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, NCSL webpage
- Women's Preventive Services Guidelines, Health Services and Resources Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Access to Preventive Services for Women, HHS.gov/HealthCare, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, August 2011
Hopefully this has been helpful to you, finding resources to help make the transition to breastfeeding an easier one!
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Take care - get plenty of rest and water,
Health Awareness Campaigns: Breastfeeding is important for babies.
Breastfeeding has many positive benefits for moms and their babies and is the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants. Human breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants and protects them from a wide array of infections and other health problems. If you are thinking about breastfeeding, consider the following benefits both for you and your child.
Breastfeeding is important for babies.
- Protects your baby from infection—even the milk produced during the first few days after birth is packed with antibodies that fight infection.
- Reduces your baby’s risk of severe chest infections like pneumonia, ear infections, and stomach issues.
- Helps your baby’s immune system develop and lowers the risk of asthma, allergies, type 1 diabetes, and childhood leukemia.
- Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Reduces your child’s risk for obesity.
- Improves your child’s ability to learn and process information.
While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone.
Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.
Download a guide to breastfeeding at WomensHealth.gov This guide offers easy how-to information and support for breastfeeding successfully. Resources *
- The National Breastfeeding Helpline (1-800-994-9662) Talk with trained breastfeeding peer counselors who can help answer common breastfeeding questions in English or Spanish.
- La Leche League International International breastfeeding organization.
- LLL Breastfeeding Helpline (877-4-LA-LECHE or 1-877-452-5324).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Online resources for breastfeeding mothers.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) For more information on taking medication while breastfeeding, visit NIH LactMed.
- National Council of State Legislatures Information about state laws and breastfeeding in the workplace.
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Take care - get plenty of rest and water,
This article suggests it could be valuable to breastfeed; even if you are formula feeding. The act of breastfeeding or #allattateli garners healthy response in newborns. There is more to it than just the milk!
"Breastfeeding mothers show a greater level of [brain] responses to baby's cry compared with formula-feeding mothers in the first month postpartum," Kim said. "It's just really interesting. We don't know if it's the act of breastfeeding or the oxytocin or any other factor."
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