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Old 10-13-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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Does anyone know any pharmacy or medical supplies shop that take United Healthcare Insurance and provide breast pump?

I called several of them and they say that the "medella" brand is out of stock.

Appreciate your responses.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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Did you try to shop at St. Joseph's in S. Tampa?
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:20 PM
 
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The tampa general hospital has a big lactation shop there, you can try there, i'd imagine they should carry it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:33 AM
 
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When I needed one, I called my insurance company and they gave me few numbers for medical suppliers they work with. The only problem was I had to wait few weeks. I ended up going to St. Joseph's and renting Medela Simphony there. Call your insurance company and see if they are going to reimburse your rental expenses. I am not sure if tube and other personal parts are covered, if not it will be cheaper to buy online.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Call your insurance company and see if they are going to reimburse your rental expenses. I am not sure if tube and other personal parts are covered, if not it will be cheaper to buy online.
They won't reimburse rental equipment or even if I pay for my own. I suppose they are concerned about their bottom line..

I have decided to buy the breast pump at Target - they have a sale going on this week!
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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They won't reimburse rental equipment or even if I pay for my own. I suppose they are concerned about their bottom line..

I have decided to buy the breast pump at Target - they have a sale going on this week!
Hospital grade pumps (ones most suppliers provide) is way better than whatever you can buy at the store. I mean you can buy hospital grade pump, but it costs over $900 compare to $200 Target Medela.
If you have no problems with your milk supply any pump including manual would work for you (manual is not as convenient as electric though and not that fast), but if your supply is low hospital grade pump is the only thing besides baby's mouth to get enough milk out of you.
In my case Medela pump In Style didn't work for me and I had almost three times more milk with hospital's Symphony. My insurance had the same problem - they were out of stock, so I went to the hospital and rented myself. Insurance promised to reimburse, but later refused. Whatever I paid for the rent was worth it anyways compare to In Style pump.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:00 AM
 
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I exclusively pumped for 11 months. I rented the symphony for 3 months. I personally didnt notice any difference between symphony vs Medela PISA. Each person is different.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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That's why I mentioned milk supply... In my case using In Style was a straight way to formula vs. Symphony to exclusive breast milk.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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That's why I mentioned milk supply... In my case using In Style was a straight way to formula vs. Symphony to exclusive breast milk.
Right but I did have supply issues and still noticed no difference between the two.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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I guess "supply issues" could be different for everyone. I was getting 3 oz per session with In Style after 40 minutes of pumping vs. 6-8 oz per 15 minutes session with Symphony. I had both pump for the same period of time and had to use both sometimes (when the motor for Symphony broke and we had to replace it at the hospital the following morning I had to use In Style). That's why renting Symphony for me was a deal beaker and worth every penny.
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