I had a pretty good idea of what many aspects of pregnancy and new parenthood would be like. I wasn’t psychic or anything … I just spent a lot of time observing and talking to other mothers in my entourage and imagining myself in their shoes. I knew I’d have to pee all the time during pregnancy and that my cravings would be very strong and very strange. I knew that once baby came, pretty much every aspect of life as I knew it would change. (I still have to chuckle at how my husband insisted his life wouldn’t change once we had kids.)
While I had heard many women joke about “mommy brain,” I admit that I thought they were exaggerating. Alas, even early on in my pregnancy, I noticed a decline in my ability to concentrate and found myself frequently exhausted by simple tasks that seemed to drain my life force. I was simultaneously obsessed with researching the best products for our future baby and overwhelmed by the volume of information out there.
If you’re a new parent or parent-to-be in the US, I’d like to tell you about a free service that will take one of these tasks off your plate. Under the Affordable Care Act, your health insurance plan covers the cost of breastfeeding equipment, including breast pumps. That’s right—you have the right to a free breast pump. Bump Benefits not only makes it easy for you to choose the right pump, but most importantly, they take care of all the paperwork, claim forms and billing details. To find out if you’re prequalified for a free pump, all you need to do is enter your name, email address, state and insurance provider at bumpbenefits.com. Then, select the pump you want and Bump Benefits will take care of the rest. Your insurance-covered pump will be delivered to your door within days without any hassle on your part.
But what about choosing a pump? What if I told you that Bump Benefits has saved you hours of scrolling through blog reviews by creating a concise, accurate and unbiased rundown of all of the pumps they provide? You can choose from Spectra, Calypso, Medela, Avent, Ardo and more: all the big names in breast pumps.
Last year, while Bump Benefits was still in the planning stages, they interviewed me about breast pumps. They wanted to know, in my mind, what features distinguished one pump from another and what I liked best and least about the pumps I had used. I remember talking a lot about portability and noise-level as two reasons I might prefer one pump over another. I also talked about the importance of lifestyle in choosing the best pump: Is it for occasional at-home use, or full-time use in the workplace?
Using text, images and beautifully shot 90-second videos, Bump Benefits has thoroughly laid out the pros and cons of each pump they offer. Each pump is rated on performance (how much suction it provides), portability, acoustics, hygiene and included accessories. Even if you’re one of my Canadian readers, this site would prove extremely useful in helping you choose your breast pump! (Many Canadian insurance plans also cover pumps.)
My favourite rating is “acoustics.” Each pump is given a noise-level rating and there are audio files so you can hear what each one sounds like! No mama wants a pump that is so loud it wakes up her slumbering baby or disturbs her colleagues, and in this era of online shopping, you won’t know what your pump sounds like until it arrives at your door.
Bump Benefits breaks down all the bewildering terminology behind breast pumps in a way that even the worst mommy brain can comprehend, and they have an easy-to-follow chart comparing pump features. Even the non-lactating parent can become a breast pump expert in a few clicks. The best part is that Bump Benefits isn’t trying to sell you on any particular brand because it makes no difference to their bottom line which pump you choose. In reviewing their assessments of the pumps I have used, I’d have to say they nailed the pros and cons perfectly. Thanks to their thorough descriptions and video clips, in a couple of minutes I was also able to learn the basics of pumps I previously knew nothing about.
Are you a pregnant or breastfeeding mama ready to take advantage of your Affordable Care Act insurance benefits without the hassle? Head over to Bump Benefits today!