How to order a free breast pump with Tricare!

We can finally get a breast pump free with Tricare military insurance!

As of July 1st 2015 Tricare covers breast pumps!

There are a few ways to get your breast pump and the way I am going to go over here is how I actually did it this past week. Remember you have options and this is just one of them!

Step #1 Obtain your written prescription from your doctor for your breast pump.

You are allowed to get a manual one (no idea why you would want to…) or an electric pump. You are just not allowed to get a hospital grade one unless you have a NICU baby that meets other qualifications. (Contact Tricare about that!)

Step 2: edgepark.com

This was very easy to do. A nurse at the hospital pointed me to the website and it was quick and easy to fill out. As I couldn’t get a hold of my OB/GYN my babies pediatrician at the hospital wrote the prescription. It still worked and was covered. All I had to do was answer the questions on the site, took less than 5 minutes, and fax the prescription over to the number given on the site. (You can e-mail it to them, just snap a photo of it with your cell phone!)

The company then contacts Tricare to verify! I ordered mine on Monday and got it in the mail that Saturday. No place local had the pump I wanted so this was super easy.

Step 3: Sign Confirmation

The company sent me an e-mail to electronically sign as well to verify they could contact the insurance company about this. It took just a moment and no hassles.

I didn’t pay anything out of pocket at all.

This is the pump I picked out.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Starter Kit

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World Breastfeeding Week 2015 – Why Breastfeed?

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     I Breastfeed Because I am a Geek and Love Science and Science says Breast IS BEST.

I want to say that I breastfeed because I love my babies but this would offend other women would take take it to mean something I don’t intend it to mean. If you could understand the struggles, tears, pain, blood, and costs that go into simply being able to nurse my babies then perhaps you would see those words in the light I wish to express them in. For me, breastfeeding is hell. It is torture and most days it seems hopeless. My babies on just breast milk always end up failing to thrive and my husband and I always end up trying everything under the sun to change that, to give them the best.

I have Mammary Hypoplasia

Basically while I have large breasts, they do not have the milk making tissue required to support a fully breast milk supply. I have to fight for every drop and I have to at some point supplement my babies or accept donor milk for them. I have seen so many experts over the years, lactation consultants, and have yet to meet an informed doctor on the topic. The doctors never fail to push formula and have near nothing helpful to say about breastfeeding. I have tried every herb and even medications from out of country to have a good enough supply. It isn’t every just a supply issue, there has also been latch issues and tongue ties and a whole host of challenges. I am not alone in this, challenges are not uncommon! Still, I push and push myself to do the best I can. Every drop counts! I wouldn’t though put myself through all this for anything short of doing the best for those I love the very most in all the universe. I wouldn’t do all this for my own health even and I know it. I do it for them.

Right now I find myself pumping for our new baby, born at just 35 weeks who has no latch or instinct to nurse. It is draining feeling like I am always on the pump. It is crushing to not be making enough yet to cover all her feedings. We are making small progress though and I will not give up. It just isn’t an option.

I am a Mother who must to some extent use formula and I 100% support Breastfeeding.

Do you have a story about why your breastfeed?  

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Don’t Miss Georgia’s Tax Free Back To School Weekend!

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Breastfeeding Struggles With Our Near Term Baby

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Rory was born at 35 weeks and 1 Day. She was a wonderful 7lbs and 15oz, 20 inches long. This is large for the gestational age but the dates are correct and her weight it the result of my diabetes even though it was well controlled for 90% of the pregnancy. This was the start […]

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Will your water break and what do you do if it does? – Pregnancy – Birth -

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This is common concern for many pregnant women who are getting close to term. We worry about our water breaking while at work or while shopping or at the worst times like in the middle of a wedding. The fact is that we can’t know for sure when it will happen but only about 15% […]

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11 Carpet Care Rules For Easy Maintenance

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  By Jason Roberts   When it comes to floors, there is nothing as good as having a clean new carpet. The bad news is, everything wears out and carpets aren’t an exception. The good news is that with proper care, you can maintain the new look for an extended period. What you need to […]

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GIVEAWAY – DormCo Twin XL Mattress Topper – Ends 8/7

DormCo Twin XL Mattress Topper When looking for a mattress it is important to consider the quality! DormCo offers a fantastic nights sleep! Twin XL Gel Memory Foam Topper This foam topper from DormCo is a great way to add padding to any bed. It fits on great for a Twin or Twin XL (typical […]

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For comfort you can trust try Depend! Specially when expecting! Freebie – #Underwareness

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Leaks Happen but Life Doesn’t Have To Stop! Did you know there are more people in their 20’s than in their 80’s that have bladder leakage? As a mom soon to give birth for the 7th time this doesn’t shock me. There are so many reasons for bladder leakage and one of them that isn’t […]

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Back To School Tax Free List

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Back To School Tax Free Weekends are beloved by many and knowing just when the dates are for your State is important. I keep coming across lists that say they are up to date for 2015 but they aren’t. I wanted to make sure I got this information out to friends and readers in time […]

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 Make your Back Yard Work For You! Garden! Adding or improving a back yard garden is one the best ways you to make a back yard you actually love and want to be in. Many people have either not been taught the art of gardening or simply think it is beyond their skills. Put the […]

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Is it Braxton Hicks or Labor? One tip to help you figure it out!

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Waterpoof Crib Mattress  We recently were given a crib mattress and it already had a crib mattress on it. The mattress protector felt and sounded like plastic and the fabric on it was very pilly. It had done it jobs well but I was excited to get a new one on it. I love this […]

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Did you know boys are getting married at age 8? Here is why….

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Cruising Families: Travels With Teens and Tweens

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Kids: It is ok to play with Frogs!

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  Myth: Touching a frog will give you warts. Herpetology experts would love people to know that you can’t get warts from touching the skin of a frog! This myth is being used more and more to keep kids from being kids and doing what they do, which is touch everything! I think it is […]

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How Gaming Can Improve Your Mind: Playing Video Games Can Make You Smarter

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Guest Post Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you to go outside and play – that it was good to get out there and “blow the stink off you?” Well, new research has found that staying inside and playing video games might also be beneficial. Here’s how.   They Stimulate The […]

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How Earth Friendly Families Can Naturally Prevent Colon Cancer

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  Colon cancer might not be the first thing people think about when they talk about cancer prevention, but colon cancer is not only one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in families today, but is also one of the most easily prevented types of cancer. Every family can take a few steps […]

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Parenting: Should you mention car seat dangers?

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 Car seat Dangers Are Worth Talking About! In the wonderful due date group of over 800 women I am in the topic of car seat safety has come up more than a few times. This is a great thing and of course expected as parents just want the best and safest products for their babies. […]

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The Top 7 Earth Friendly Family Activities for Summer

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Summertime is a time of the year that every family looks forward too. With the kids’ break from school and the sunny weather, every family finds this the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. Parents might also find that summer is the best time to teach their kids about the environment and help […]

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Art can be hard for some homeschool families when Mom doesn’t have any talent in it. Thankfully these days YouTube is a great teacher! My teen goes to an online private school and one of her electives is Art. The teacher uses a great text book but some things books can not teach as effectively […]

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See how the Educational Program at Best Buy can help Educators Keep Up! – Giveaway

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7 Ways to Boost Children’s Immune Systems Naturally

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