after delivery

Breast-feeding support

Women who experience breastfeeding problems or need assistance breastfeeding their baby may benefit from lactation counseling. Primary care physicians, OB/GYNs and pediatricians can provide lactation support and counseling services to you, or can refer you to an in-network provider or clinic for these services.

Did you know breast-feeding may reduce your chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer? Breast-feeding also benefits your newborn. Studies show it can reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory diseases, childhood leukemia, asthma, ear infections, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

What support is available?

You may be eligible under your UnitedHealthcare health benefit plan to get breast-feeding counseling as well as breast pump equipment and supplies at no cost to you. Contact your OB/GYN, Pediatrician, or primary care physician for more information on lactation counseling. For more information on breast feeding supplies and support, go to the after delivery section.

What type of breast pump could I get?

UnitedHealthcare will provide a personal double-electric pump at no cost to you. A personal double-electric breast pump is portable and easy to use. It allows you to pump both breasts at once, cutting pumping time in half.

When can I get a breast pump?

UnitedHealthcare plan members may obtain a breast pump within 30 days of their estimated delivery date.

How do I get a breast pump?

To get a breast pump, simply call the phone number on your UnitedHealthcare health plan ID card. We will share the names of contracted breast pump suppliers or network health care providers you may contact. You do not need a prescription to get a breast pump.

When you request your breast pump, the breast pump supplier may ask you:

  • Your doctor's name and phone number.
  • The date the baby was delivered or due date.

You will not be reimbursed for a breast pump purchased at a retail store.

National Breast Pumps Suppliers

You may also receive a breast pump at no cost through our national suppliers:

Please call the following breast pump suppliers to request a breast pump:

  1. Byram Healthcare - Mail order
    Fax: (866) 811-4500
  2. Edgepark Medical Supplies - Mail order
    Fax: 330-425-4355
  3. McKesson/Target Breast Pump Program - In store pick up or mail order
    FAX: 855-716-2212
    Members will once again be able to pick up their breast pump in person at their local Target Store IF the order has been placed through the 800# above.
  4. Medline Industries, Inc. - Mail order
    Fax: 1-800-351-1512
  5. Walmart - Mail order
    Medicaid in the following states: MA, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, TX

The Healthy Pregnancy Program follows national practice standards from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. The Healthy Pregnancy Program cannot diagnose problems or suggest specific treatment. The information provided is not a substitute for your doctor's care.

Questions? Call the phone number on your health plan ID card.