after delivery

Breast-feeding support

Breast-feeding Benefits

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.

Breast Pump Coverage & Support

You may be eligible under your UnitedHealthcare health benefit plan to get breast-feeding counseling as well as breast pump equipment and supplies with no cost sharing (no copayment, coinsurance or deductible).

Personal Double-Electric Breast Pump

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 the Breast Pump be Ordered?

UnitedHealthcare plan members may obtain a breast pump within 30 days of their estimated delivery date, allowing them to receive it before the baby is born.

How to Get a Breast Pump

To get a breast pump, simply contact a UnitedHealthcare call Customer Care at the number on the back of your health plan ID to obtain the names of contracted durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers or network health care providers. You do not need a prescription.

Breast pump suppliers may ask you:

  • Your doctor's name and phone number.
  • The date the baby was delivered or due date.
  • Whether breast milk is currently being produced by the mother.

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

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.

Please call Customer Care at the number listed on the back of your health plan ID card if you have questions.