When to request a "hospital grade" breast pump
The term "Hospital Grade Breast Pump" is a marketing tool and most personal use breast pumps (E0603) will be sufficient for most parents.
Some high risk patients may be eligible for a multi-user, heavy duty breast pump, if they meet medical necessity criteria. Many parents will still benefit from having a good personal use breast pump.
Eligibility for an E0604 breast pump is dependent on health plan policy and some plans won't provide them at all any longer.
Some criteria include:
- When a breastfeeding infant is confined to the hospital; or
- When a breastfeeding infant has a medical (for example, respiratory, cardiac or genetic condition) or congenital condition (for example, cleft palate) that interferes with breastfeeding; or
- When the mother has been unsuccessful expressing sufficient breast milk after a trial using a manual, battery powered or standard electric pump.
Because of the complexity of these scenarios, please consult lactation and/or refer to our lactation clinic for all E0604 - multi-user, heavy duty breast pump orders.
Contact the Birthplace at 424-259-8250.