Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

Welcome to my site about tactics you can use to cope with hospitalization. I am Edward Collins. I created this site after a long hospitalization left me feeling uncomfortable and dying to go home. I was ill-prepared for the lengthy stay at that facility. Despite my nurses and doctors’ best efforts, I felt lonely, bored and somewhat isolated during my stay. On this site, I will help you prepare for hospitalization well before you need your next medical procedure. Please come by my site daily to learn the information you need to know. Thank you for visiting my website about preparing for hospitalization.

3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Breast Pump

Health & Medical Blog

Are you in the later stages of pregnancy? Are you finishing up all of your final purchases in advance of the baby's arrival? You're likely busy finishing the nursery, baby-proofing your house, and buying lots of clothes, diapers, and more. One thing you may also be looking to buy is a breast pump. A breast pump is a valuable tool for busy nursing mothers who can't be with their baby at all times. Not all breast pumps are the same, though. There are a few different types to consider, and each has its own set of benefits. Here are a few questions to ask before you buy your breast pump:

How often will you pump? This may be the first and most important question to consider. If you will only pump sporadically and in emergency situations, you may only want a single-breast manual pump. They're often the most affordable option and they're easy to operate.

However, if you will be pumping daily or even multiple times a day, you may want a double-breasted automated option. With that type of pump, you pull milk from both breasts, reducing the time needed to pump enough milk. Also, many of the automated pumps have adjustable suction levels, which allows you to make changes to the pumping speed as necessary to avoid discomfort and irritation.

Could your baby have trouble getting a full feeding? You may not know the answer to this until after the baby is born. Some babies who are born prematurely or with certain medical conditions have trouble getting a full feeding from their mother's breast. Some women also may have medical issues that limit their ability to generate milk at a fast enough rate. If you think it's possible that you or your baby may fall into this category, you may want to consider a hospital-grade automated pump. They simulate the suction rate of a baby, which helps your body generate more milk and allows you to pump for a longer period of time with reduced irritation.

You will often find these type of pumps in neonatal intensive care units. You may need a prescription from a doctor or lactation consultant to get a hospital grade pump.

How much does your insurance cover? Fortunately, recent changes in law require most insurance plans to cover the cost of a breast pump for new mothers. However, the amount of coverage that you have may vary based on your plan. For instance, your plan may only cover the cost of a manual pump or an inexpensive automated pump. To get a higher end pump, you may need a written prescription from your doctor or lactation consultant. The good news is that most insurance plans also cover visits to lactation consultants, so they can help you find the best pump for you. Find out what your insurance covers before you start shopping.

Still not sure? Consult with a company that sells a wide range of pumps. They can help you find the right pump for your needs and your budget. Check out a supplier to find insurance-covered breast pumps.


4 April 2016