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Are Breast Pump Parts Covered by Insurance?
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March 1, 2024

Are Breast Pump Parts Covered by Insurance?

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Are Breast Pump Parts Covered by Insurance?

If you’re pumping breast milk for your baby, you’ll likely need to replace a few of your breast pump parts on a regular basis. And while most health insurance plans cover some (if not all) of the cost of breast pumps, what about the parts and accessories that’ll eventually need replacing?

When to Replace Your Breast Pump Parts

Over time, normal wear and tear can affect your pump’s suction ability, which can have a negative impact on your milk supply. In order to maintain milk-removal efficiency, there are a few pump parts that will need to be swapped out from time to time.

Each brand will have different guidelines but in general, here are the different pump parts and how often they typically need replacing:

  • Duckbill valves should be replaced once a month with regular pumping (approximately three times a day). If you’re only occasionally pumping, they can be replaced every two to three months.
  • Valve membranes will need to be replaced every two to three weeks with regular pumping or every two months if you pump less.
  • Backflow protectors, if necessary, should be replaced every three months if you’re exclusively pumping and every six months if you only pump occasionally.
  • Flanges can be replaced every six months, or as needed if you notice any build-up, mold, cracks or tears.
  • Rules for replacing tubing depend on which brand and type of pump you’re using, so be sure to check your user manual.

So, what are the signs you need to replace your pump parts? First, you’ll want to make sure you’re regularly inspecting your pump. Signs it could be time to swap parts include:

  • Noticing less suction power and less milk output than normal
  • Damage such as cracks or tears
  • Any signs of mold

Once it’s time to replace your breast pump parts, it’s a good idea to check with your health insurance company to see if they’ll cover any of the cost. Coverage isn’t guaranteed, though, so here’s everything you need to know about how replacing pump parts works with insurance.

Are Breast Pump Parts and Accessories Covered by Insurance?

The answer is yes, sometimes, and it depends on your insurance carrier and plan. There isn’t one singular rule for how much, if at all, insurance companies need to cover breast pump supplies. You can check to see what parts you can get through Babylist Health and also order them through us (depending on your coverage, of course).

“Every plan is different,” says Daniela Venegas, the Insurance Claims Recovery Manager at Babylist Health. “Some will pay for replacement parts every three months, six months or once per year, but it depends on the specific patient’s plan. Some plans do not cover replacement parts at all.”

To make sure you get all the information you need (and limit your frustration in decoding your insurance coverage), Venegas recommends asking:

  • What replacement parts are covered under my plan?
  • How often can parts be replaced, and how many replacements are covered?
  • Do pump parts require a prescription? (i.e. from a certified lactation consultant or healthcare provider)
  • Do pump parts require authorization?
  • Are breast pump supplies subject to deductible and coinsurance amounts?

Can You Use HSA/FSA to Pay for Pump Parts?

If you need to pay for pump parts out of pocket, you might be able to use a Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Some breast pump resupply programs allow you to order breast pump accessories online using your HSA/FSA card:

You may even be able to use your HSA/FSA to order replacement parts on Amazon, but just be sure to only buy parts from your breast pump’s official brand. Using off-brand pump parts could result in your pump not working as well, the parts deteriorating more quickly or your pump’s warranty being voided.

Name-brand breast pump parts typically cost less than $50, and even if you can’t get your health insurance to cover any of the cost, it’s still important to replace parts on a consistent basis to maintain proper suction for your breast pump (which will help prevent your breast milk supply from decreasing prematurely) and ensure hazardous bacteria don’t contaminate your pumped milk.

Amylia Ryan

Associate Editor

Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing in the topics of health, wellness and lifestyle products. Combining nearly a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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