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Most nursing mothers use their own breast pump to express milk at work. Many have coverage through their insurance company. Some women receive a breast pump through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.,
Companies employing larger numbers of nursing mothers find it is cost-efficient to purchase or rent a multi-user electric breast pump. These pumps can be shared by multiple women, and are valued because they remove milk quickly and efficiently. This helps women express more milk for their baby. Employers also benefit because women are able to minimize the amount of break time needed to express milk.
Check with your company's insurance program to see what breast pumps are covered as part of the Affordable Care Act requirements that became effective January 1, 2013.
Multi-user breast pumps are a valued amenity for many mothers since they help reduce the amount of time women need to express milk.
Electric Breast Pumps. Multi-user electric breast pumps can be shared by multiple women. Each woman needs her own kit with tubing that connects to the pump. Milk cannot back up into these pumps. The tubing helps milk flow into separate collection containers.
Providing an efficient breast pump is a common solution for companies that want to provide employees a quick and convenient means of milk expression.
Securing Pumps. Many multi-user pumps can be attached to stands to enable them to roll from place to place. These minimize the need for a flat surface when space is limited.
Personal-use Pumps. Many women prefer their own portable personal-use pump. These pumps come equipped with an insulated storage area with ice packs to keep expressed milk cool. Some companies purchase or subsidize the cost of these pumps for their employees.
Content last updated August 04, 2014.
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