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 www.workandpump.com:

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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