Breastfeeding supplies, support, and counseling

Pregnant and postpartum women have access to comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment if they are enrolled in a university medical insurance plan (This holds true for other insurance plans across the nation, too, since it is a requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.)

Support and counseling

Lactation support and counseling is generally available through the hospital in which your child was delivered or the health care provider who helped deliver your child.


To receive coverage with no out-of-pocket costs, faculty and staff, or their dependents, covered by a UM System medical insurance plan must obtain manual breast pumps from in-network durable medical equipment (DME) providers. Insurance plan members may also obtain manual electric pumps through an in-network DME provider subject to the applicable plan deductible and co-insurance.

National DME providers include:

Local DME providers can be found by logging into

Frequently asked questions

Is a prescription required? Yes, for DME. You will need to provide a prescription from your physician to obtain durable medical equipment as described above. A prescription is not needed for lactation support and counseling.

Does there have to be a medical necessity for breast pumps? No.

Are both breast pump rentals and purchases covered? Yes. You may purchase or rent a breast pump. After 10 months of rental the item would convert to a purchase.

Reviewed January 22, 2016.