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Nursing Mothers Resources

Links and Resources for Nursing Mothers

Breastfeeding Information for New Mothers

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For an article on each of the following topics, visit

  • Choosing and Buying a Pump (This section describes the many varieties of breast pumps available today, with recommendation for working mothers)
  • Hand Expression (You'll be thankful for this skill on days when you forget a pump part, are faced with a power outage, or are caught away from your baby unexpectedly.)
  • Making Plans with Your Employer (Talking to your employer about breastfeeding can be awkward. This section contains some documents you can print out and give to your employer, as well as arguments for why it is in their best interest to support you in breastfeeding your baby.)
  • Pumping Basics (Tips for starting to pump, building up a stash of milk, and relaxation for pumping.)
  • Milk Storage (Safe milk storage guidelines from La Leche League. Also includes how to know if your milk has gone bad. )
  • Starting Bottles (Tips for choosing the best bottle for your breastfed baby, when and how to introduce bottles, and tips for the baby who won't take a bottle.)
  • Your First Week Back (Ideas for making your first week back easier, including a typical schedule for the working and pumping mom and a checklist for packing up your stuff.)
  • How Much Milk Does My Baby Need? (Find out how much milk to leave in bottles, and how this changes as your baby grows.)

Community Breastfeeding Resources

Free and Discounted Breast Pumps

UVM employees with healthcare coverage through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) may be eligible to receive a breast pump free of charge by participating in the BCBSVT Better Beginnings program. Visit the web site to learn more about the program and read the specifics about the breast pump benefit.

In addition, BCBSVT covers hospital grade electric breast pumps under the “Durable Medical Equipment” benefit for the following reasons:

  1. When the infant is premature at 24-34 weeks of gestation, and the mother is pumping breast milk, awaiting the baby’s ability to nurse directly from the breast, or
  2. When the infant is premature at 35-37 weeks of gestation and continues to experience difficulty coordinating suck and swallow, and the mother is pumping breast milk, awaiting the baby’s ability to nurse directly from the breast, or
  3. For infants with cleft lip and/or palate who are not able to nurse directly from the breast, or
  4. For infants with cardiac anomalies or any medical condition that makes them unable to sustain breast feeding due to poor coordination of suck and swallow or fatigue, or
  5. For multiples (including twins), until breast-feeding at the breast is established consistently, or
  6. When the mother has an anatomical breast problem, which may resolve with the use of a breast pump, such as inverted nipples or mastitis, or
  7. For any infants who for medical reasons are temporarily unable to nurse directly from the breast, such as NICU babies, or during any hospitalization of the mother or baby which will interrupt nursing, or
  8. When the infant has poor weight gain related to milk production and pumping breast milk is an intervention in the provider’s plan of care and the infant has a documented weight loss of 7% or greater despite the use of a conventional breast pump.

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Last modified October 15 2015 09:33 AM