HMAA partners with Pharmacare to offer free pumps for moms

HMAA's Baby & Me maternity program offers great member benefits

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Often times, breastfeeding and breast pumps are subjects that are not talked about. That’s why HMAA wants to help shed some light on the subject for new moms. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Jennifer Maeshiro, Pharmacare marketing and outreach coordinator, to talk more about breast pumps and help moms get the answers they’ve been looking for.

Through HMAA’s health plan benefits, members can receive a free breast pump, and Pharmacare has partnered with HMAA as the preferred provider of breast pumps. Pharmacare offers three models: Medela, Spectra S1, and Spectra S2. These can be delivered to your home at no charge or you can pick it up at one of Pharmacare’s retail pharmacy locations. If you participate in HMAA’s Baby & Me maternity program, you’ll also get a free special gift of accessories to help with nursing your baby.

The most accurate way to find the right breast pump flange is to measure your at-rest nipples (no nursing or pumping in the last hour) in millimeters. Once you have your baseline measurement, add 3-5mm to get your flange size. There is a free, printable flange sizing guide available at

Pharmacare recommends pumping for no more than 30 minutes per session. If a mother is pumping to bring in her milk supply or pumping to replace a breastfeeding session, Pharmacare recommends 15 – 20 minutes of pumping for each breast. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to double pump for 15 – 20 minutes. Pumping should not hurt! If it does, flange size or excessive suction could be the problem. Pharmacare offers free pumping and flange sizing consultations with its international board certified lactation consultants to help troubleshoot these issues.

If a mother is exclusively pumping. meaning no direct breastfeeding, it can be extremely beneficial to set up a pumping schedule whether she is working outside the home or not. This schedule should be set up to accommodate her other responsibilities while keeping pumping frequency a priority. In the early weeks, it is best to pump every 2-3 hours around the clock. As baby grows, and mother’s milk supply becomes more established, this schedule can be adjusted accordingly. Pharmacare recommends that mothers should not go longer than 4 hours between pumping or breastfeeding sessions during the first 3-4 months. If baby is producing adequate wet and dirty diapers, is gaining weight well, and begins to sleep longer stretches, it’s okay to follow his or her cues.

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