If you’re planning on pumping, and specifically want to explore handsfree options, there’s some exciting news on the wearable breast pump front.
The Willow, a handsfree, all-in-one wearable breast pump is now available as an insurance upgrade option via Aeroflow.
What Makes Willow Different?
The Willow is a wearable breast pump, meaning you stick the two cups in your bra (no special bra is needed, although it won’t work with underwire or padded bras), and let it do its thing. There are no wires, and no tubes, allowing you to be as mobile (or immobile!) as you want. The suction is strong enough you can even lay down and get a minute of rest while it gets the job done. You can pump directly into no-leak reusable milk containers, or spill-proof milk bags for easy storage.
Is the Willow Covered by My Insurance?
While the final details will have to be worked out between your insurance company and Aeroflow, the goal is to reduce the out-of-pocket cost to pumping moms, making it a more easily attainable pump for those who need it most.
Finding out if it is covered by your insurance company is easy enough on the Aeroflow website, where you’ll give them all of your info, and they will contact your insurance company to figure out what pumps are covered, and what options you have. One quick note, Aeroflow has it listed as an “insurance upgrade option” which means it likely won’t be free for you, but it will still be cheaper than the original price.
Are There Other Pumps I Can Get Through Insurance?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans will cover one pump with each new pregnancy. What pump options you’re given, though, varies between companies. For more info, including how to find out what pumps are covered by your insurance, here.