Medela Breast Pump through Insurance
Ask 10 moms what breast pump brands they know and 10 moms will have Medela on their list. The Medela brand is top-of-mind with moms and healthcare professionals for a reason – since 1961, Medela has been dedicated to breastfeeding moms. That’s why so many moms know AND trust Medela.
Following is everything you need to know about Medela breast pumps! If there’s something we don’t cover, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Why Do So Many Moms Choose Medela? Medela Breast Pump Reviews
Most moms qualify for a Medela breast pump through insurance – and most moms can get the Medela Pump in Style breast pump at no cost. At 1 Natural Way, we offer moms a choice of three models (and five options) of Medela double electric pumps – Medela Pump in Style Advanced (also with tote and backpack options), Medela Freestyle Flex and Medela Sonata.
Love the Medela Sonata. Very powerful and portable! Love that I can easily work from home (anywhere in the house) while pumping. Easy to put together and take apart for cleaning. Highly recommended!!
I LOVE my new Medela pump! This pump (Medela Freestyle Flex) is so small and lightweight and I love that it fits right in my purse. Overall a great investment for any mom on the go looking for a lightweight, portable breast pump with strong suction and a rechargeable battery.
Medela pumps are top of the line. As a Registered Nurse, I've taught many mommas how to use this pump (Medela Pump in Style Advanced). It is a wonderfully easy to use piece of machinery. Parts are so easy to clean and replace. The fact that it is so compact makes it really easy to travel with and transport to work.
I love it (On the Go Tote)! It’s perfect and (goes) with my service uniform. It looks like a nice black purse, which is perfect because the only allowed color that goes with our uniform is pure black! It is very convenient and easy to use:-)
The backpack is super convenient when I need to pump and am in a rush. I have literally worn it as I’m getting dressed, and then out to the car and driving to appointments without having to even pause my pumping.
Features Moms Love about Medela Breast Pumps
1 Natural Way offers three Medela pump models – Medela Pump in Style Advanced (also available in a tote and backpack set), Medela Freestyle Flex and Medela Sonata.
All models are double electric breast pumps and all offer the following features:
- Single or double pumping options
- Medela’s 2-Phase Expression Technology
- Portability – battery adapter or rechargeable battery
- 1-year limited warranty on pump and 90 days on parts/accessories
The Medela Freestyle Flex and Medela Sonata also offer:
- Medela 24/7 LC - access to lactation consultants (IBCLCs) free for 30 days
- PersonalFit Flex Breast Shields
- Pump bag, cooler and other Medela breast pump accessories
- Built-in, USB-chargeable battery
- Backflow protection (closed system)
Medela Breast Pump Comparison Chart
|Covered 100%?||Built-in Battery||Size||Max Suction||What's great about this pump||1 Natural Way Recommends for:|
|Medela Pump in Style (without bag option)||Free with most insurance plans||No||2.2 lbs.; 6.5 x 6.5 x 5.3||240 mmHg||Loved by moms for years – 100% covered under most plans and so simple to operate||Any mom who wants a totally reliable, easy-to-operate pump.|
|Medela Freestyle Flex||Upgrade charge applies||Yes||.6 lb.;5.8 x 2.6 x 1.8||245 mmHg||Lightweight and hands-free – you can carry it anywhere. Comes with great accessories!||Women returning to a job outside the home will love its portability – so will moms on the go.|
|Medela Sonata||Upgrade charge applies||Yes||2.2 lbs.; 6.3 x 6.3 x 4.7||250 mmHg||Very quiet, customizable pumping experience. Track your sessions with the app.||Exclusive pumpers will love the comfort, connectivity and rechargeable battery (no plugs!)|
Frequently Asked Questions about Medela Breast Pumps
Why won’t my insurance fully cover the Medela Freestyle Flex hands free breast pump or the Medela Sonata breast pump?
Insurance plans and their coverage of breast pumps vary A LOT – so your best bet for the right answer is to call your insurance company and ask them. That said, following is a little info based on what 1 Natural Way usually sees when we work with insurance companies.
Insurance plans may have a low “allowable amount” or the allowable amount may be high (find out more about allowables and insurance coverage). If your allowable amount is high, you will typically be able to choose from a bigger selection of fully covered pumps, including higher-end, more high-tech models. If your allowable amount is low, you will typically have fewer pumps you can choose from that are 100% covered.
Additionally, some plans have stricter guidelines and coverage can be affected by what a plan will or will not cover. For example, some plans state that they will not cover travel bags or battery packs and others specify “luxury” or “experimental” pumps as not covered.
Both the Freestyle Flex and the Sonata are top-of-the-line pumps that come with bags, coolers, breast pump accessories and smart phone connectivity. In other words, they are pricey pumps with lots of bells and whistles.
1 Natural Way will always help you get the best possible pump through your insurance plan.
What are the differences between the Medela Pump in Style vs. Spectra S2?
The Spectra S2 Plus and the Medela Pump in Style Advanced are the pumps we send to moms most, so you can be assured that both are both tested and trusted.
People ask this so much that we wrote a whole Medela vs Spectra blog post – it has a bunch of specific information to help you compare the two. Below is a brief summary from that blog post.
The Spectra S2 breast pump is lighter in weight, quieter, and has a closed system (that is arguably more hygienic). The night light is a nice feature that allows you to pump in the dark. Also, moms have a lot of control over the suction speed and vacuum strength settings for optimal comfort.
The Medela Pump in Style breast pump comes with a battery adapter for easy pumping anywhere (so it could be considered more portable). The pump’s one-touch let-down and a dial to adjust speed and suction makes it incredibly simple to set up and use. Parts and accessories are widely available.
Are Medela breast pump accessories interchangeable from one Medela breast pump to another?
With many of the pump parts, the answer is “no.” The Medela Pump-in-Style, Sonata and the new Freestyle Flex have different tubing, valves, membranes and breast shield connectors. However, most Medela breast shields and Medela’s collection and storage bottles can be used across breast pump models.
I need a portable breast pump. How is the newer Medela Freestyle Flex different than the original Medela Freestyle?
Once upon a time, Medela introduced the revolutionary Freestyle - a compact, hands-free breast pump that let moms move around while pumping. No more being tethered to a plug-in pump!
The Medela Freestyle Flex offers all of the mobility, comfort and convenience of the original, with a sleek, more compact profile for easier handling and a slightly lighter weight.
A big difference from the original is that the new Flex is a closed system breast pump. Plus, the Freestyle Flex has backlit controls and smart phone connectivity.
Can I get a free Medela breast pump through insurance?
Most moms that work with 1 Natural Way can get the Medela Pump in Style Advanced through insurance at NO COST. Some plans also fully cover the Pump in Style On the Go Tote and Backpack sets.
We will let you know exactly what pumps you can choose from when you apply with us.
Still not sure what Medela breast pump is right for you (or if the right pump is a Medela)?
Not sure if the Medela Pump in Style is the pump for your needs? Wondering if your plan will cover the Pump in Style Backpack option? Or maybe you are still curious about Medela vs. Spectra (or any other popular brand of breast pump)?