Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

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.  

 

Also, I found this link Getting Ready to Breastfeed on Health Finder and this link with helpful planning answers on Womens Health to be a good tool for pregant moms planning to breastfeed (yeah!!). 

New goal for USA is 82% of all babies breastfed by 2020.

 

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For more information:

Hopefully this has been helpful to you, finding resources to help make the transition to breastfeeding an easier one!  

If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

Health Awareness: Breastfeeding is challenging.

Breastfeeding is challenging.

Despite the many rewards and health benefits of breastfeeding, it can be challenging. For example:

  • Being the sole source of nutrition for your infant is not always easy.
  • Many nursing mothers have sore nipples, breast engorgement (very full breasts) when their “milk comes in”, and occasionally breast infections that require treatment with antibiotics.
  • Some women have had breast surgery that can reduce the amount of human milk they produce. These women may have to feed their infants with formula in addition to the milk they produce.
  • Breastfeeding can be stressful. For instance, a lack of support by family, social network and/or colleagues can cause discomfort and anxiety.
  • If you are a breastfeeding mother, one way to reduce stress is to make sure that you continue to take care of yourself, including developing support networks with friends and family and other women who are breastfeeding.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers about ongoing medical or mental health conditions.

While breastfeeding offers many benefits to mom and baby, it may not be the right infant feeding choice for everyone.

  • Some women may have physical challenges that make breastfeeding and/or pumping breast milk difficult or impossible.
  • Others may have personal reasons why breastfeeding is not the right choice.
  • Some women may take certain medications that make breastfeeding impossible.
  • Milk Banks can provide breastmilk if mothers are unable to provide it.  Click here to learn more and find a location near you
  • North America: Human Milk Banking Association of North America.   
  • United Kingdom: United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
  • Europe: European Milk Banking 

Every mother is unique. Work with your healthcare provider to decide on the best method for you and your baby.

Resources * 

* Resources listed are helpful, but do not replace the advise of your medical professional, always contact them for information on the best care for you and your baby.
    Thanks to the USA Vetrans Affairs site for this reference information.

    If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

    Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

    Anne

    Bella Materna|President|Mom

    Tips for sucessful breast pumping

    Tips for sucessful breast pumping
    Just in case you cannot see the image above; here is the information in copy form:

    when babies start to breast-feed, they suckle
    with rapid sucking motions and low suction strength
    – this causes the milk to release by stimulating
    the milk release reflex.

    this effect can be replicated by starting
    with a higher cycle level (e.g. 8 bars)
    and selecting a weaker vacuum. when the
    milk begins to release, reduce the cycles
    by pressing the down arrow and strengthen
    the vacuum by pressing the up-arrow until
    you find the most comfortable level for you.
    the milk ejection reflex may occur later
    when pumping than when breast feeding.
    these 8 adjustable settings are only
    available with our electric breast pump

    the following measures may be helpful:
    ~ massage the breast before pumping.
    ~ relax and think about your baby.
    ~ gaze at a picture of your baby.
    ~ apply a warmed compress to the breast
    ~ warm the cone or funnel of the breast shell
    ~the ardo draw down cycle is longer than other pumps,
    which allows you to pump more milk for each cycle.
    ~ use the opti tip; included in all ardo electric pumps.
    it helps optimize the suction.
    ~ remember that your breast milk is the best
    ~remember that you are her/his perfect mom
    ~ drink water while pumping, take care of yourself
    Good luck and keep up the good work - you are the BEST MOM!
    Please feel free to call with questions.

    What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

    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."

    See whole article from The Atlantic here.

     

     

    The Cost of NOT Breastfeeding?

    Easy ways to find a Lactation consultant in your area:

    - YELP - I like it because I can see reviews and it is really localized.  

     

     - ILCA The International Lactation Consultant Association has a great lookup tool and lists certified consultants in your area.

     

    Here below is a copy of a great article on this blog: BreastfeedingLasVegas because it helps to get multiple perspectives during this important, exciting AND challenging time of your life - new motherhood!  (and each baby is unique!)

    The Cost of NOT Breastfeeding?

    Yes, there is a cost of not breastfeeding. It comes in many forms from the cost of formula, to the cost of sickness to the baby and to the mom, to the cost to your company or the medicaid system for the illnesses caused by not providing what your baby needs through breastmilk,  to the cost of emotionally feeling like you did not achieve your desired path.

    First, the cost of formula.
    1. The cost of a consult without insurance can be anywhere from $80-400 depending on where you live and the standard cost of a consult with an IBCLC in the area where you live. The cost of formula at 3 months of age for one week with a standard formula (not a high cost organic formula or one with special antifussiness pricetags) can be calculated by using a site like babycenter.Formula Calculator or on theKellymom calculator 

    Or you can do the math yourself. At about $25-27 for one formula container which should yield about 150 ounces of formula (8.7 grams powder yields one 2 ounce bottle, 657 grams in a container) your 3 month old who is consuming probably 30-40 ounces a day will eat their way through at least 2 of these a week. So in a matter of 1.5 weeks you have paid for at least one consultation by an IBCLC to solve your breastfeeding challenge.

    At $50 a week for formula (or probably more) you could have rented at least 3 hospital grade pumps for that month to maintain your supply for a baby who is not latching well. (general cost of hospital grade pump rentals for supply maintenance for the exclusive pumper or full time working mom is between 45-80 a month) .

    Second, the cost of healthcare for a formula fed infant with no formula intolerance reaches far beyond the cost of a consult. First one must consider health risk to the infant. Infant's who are not breastfed are at risk for multiple childhood illnesses that include obesity, diabetes, autism, and ear infections to just name a few. Third one must consider the health risk to mom by not breastfeeding. By breastfeeding mom reduces her risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.  A more indepth list can be found in these articles. Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology    and From Canada,   WIC easy to read article and  A great review of the res .

    I could also review the risks to mom separately but I think they are laid out pretty well in the articles mentioned above. Overall, I think anyone can clearly see the value in a lactation consultation either prenatally, within a few days postpartum, or when trouble arises. I also think it is pretty clear what the cost of not asking for help or searching out your local breastfeeding resources is both short term and long term to both your wallet, your health, and more importantly your infant's health. Yes, there are some who can not breastfeed whether for physical, anatomica, or psycho-social reasons, but in general almost everyone can make the attempt and have some level of success even if it is only for the first few weeks or months.

    Get out, get help, and don't hide behind your front door, think of it as an act of parenting, you are now MOM - this is a step forward in your motherhood!! (at least that is what I had to do when faced with a difficulty in breastfeeding!)

    Your local IBCLC or La Leche League is waiting for your call and is more than willing to help you overcome your challenges!
    For more breastfeeding information in the Seattle area please contact Sarah at Babe N You!  
    For more info in the Las Vegas area please contact Lisa at Breastfeeding and Babies, Yeah! or your local Breastfeeding Coalition or your local La Leche League at llli.org
    September 05, 2014 by Anne Dimond