If you’re looking to get your first breast pump (or even getting a new one a few years after having your first child to a brand-new set of options), the choices can be a bit overwhelming.
If you consider all of the breast pumps on the market, you can find dozens of different models, all with different features. Some breast pumps are small enough to tuck into your purse, have quiet motors, feature hands-free cups or let you buy customizable skins to personalize your pump.
However, if you have Medicaid, your insurance will usually only cover a small handful of breast pumps, most of which don’t have some of the bells and whistles as other, more expensive models.
But just because there are only a few to choose from doesn’t mean you can’t get a good breast pump if you are on Medicaid.
To help you decide which one is best for you, here’s a quick rundown of all of the breast pumps covered by Medicaid in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Best Breast Pumps Covered By Medicaid
- Ameda Mya Joy
With excellent portability, the Ameda Mya Joy is battery-operated, lightweight and offers hospital pump-grade suction in a small package, making it a good choice if you’re going to be carrying your pump with you every day to school or work. There’s even a clip that lets you attach the pump to a purse or waistband, which allows you to walk around while you’re pumping. This closed-system pump has six levels of stimulation mode and 12 levels of expression mode, and it features an FDA-cleared “Hygienikit,” which helps keep breast milk from getting contaminated.
- Cimilre S6
The Cimilre S6 breast pump is all about customization. You can buy skins to apply to personalize your breast pump with designs including houndstooth, leopard-print, rainbow stripes, or the American flag. The pump also lets you single or double pump, use massage or expression mode, or move between the two. There’s an LED nightlight with three brightness levels and a 30-minute auto shutoff timer, making this pump a good one to choose if you’re going to be pumping at night.
- Lansinoh Signature Pro with tote
The Lansinoh Signature Pro is smaller than many of its hospital-grade equivalents and has three pumping styles and eight suction levels that show up on a digital display. Plus, it also includes two custom flanges that are soft and flexible for maximum comfort. Although this pump requires six AA batteries, which can add up quickly when they need to be replaced frequently, the fact that it comes with a tote bag carrying case is a big plus if you’re planning to take your pump to and from work every day.
- Medela Pump in Style with MaxFlow
Medela designed the Pump in Style with MaxFlow with the inspiration of their hospital-grade Symphony in mind. This pump features two expression modes and special micro-vibrations intended to help you get the most milk from every pumping session. Although this is one of the louder pumps on the market, one of the big advantages of getting a Medela pump is that their replacement parts are sold in many common retail stores, such as Target, making it easy to keep your pump operating smoothly. One downside: There is a battery pack included, allowing you to pump on the go, but it requires eight AA batteries to operate.
- Motif Twist
The Motif Twist double electric breast pump is near the top in terms of simplicity of operation, allowing you to twist the knob to adjust suction strength. Although some reviews say this pump doesn’t have as strong of suction as some other brands, others praise this pump for its extremely lightweight design (it only weights 0.5 pounds), making it super easy to transport. There’s an auto shutoff function and blue LED lights help you time pumping sessions.
- Zomee Z2
If you’re someone who likes to multitask, the Zomee Z2 might be the pump for you. That’s because its lightweight and comes with a lanyard that you can wear around your neck, allowing you to pick up your baby, do the laundry and more while pumping. The pump has three different modes of suction, including massage, expression and a two-phase mode, to get the most milk from each session. Plus, it comes with a rechargeable battery that can be charged with either a USB charging cable or an AC adapter, making this an ideal pump to use if you want to use it on the go. You can also purchase cups that can fit right into your bra for an additional fee.
Congratulations and happy pumping!