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  •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

    You would think that even in the current system, health plans would support breast feeding.

    I can't explain why they don't, other than inertia ("we've never paid for it in the past."), or perhaps the belief that paying for these things won't affect breast feeding rates. But that belief wouldn't be based on any evidence that I know of.

    Hmm, I might ask someone in actuarial about that.

    •  My experience (0+ / 0-)

      When I gave birth to my daughter I asked the insurance if they would fund both. (Empire bc/bs).  They said no.

      It was very difficult for me.  I had a lot of trouble with latch.  The only difference between me, and other woman, is perhaps I was better informed from the start, and extremely determined.  

      My determination, beyond the health of my daughter, was financially based.  I simply could not afford to buy formula.  My budget is too tight. So I HAD to make b/f work.

      Pumping - I had to get a used pump.  Luckily, despite the manufacturers hype, the Ameda Purely Yours seems very safe as all parts that get in contact with b/m are washable.

    •  Actuarial (0+ / 0-)

      I'd like to know the answer to this actually.

      FWIW - My daughter is almost never sick and seems healthier than most babies.  Could be the extended breastfeeding, combined with a healthy diet for both mom and baby.

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