Monthly Meeting

Our regular monthly meeting will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, August 6th at the Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart).

If you have any questions, please contact us!

You can also find more information about our monthly meetings here.

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!

Tricare Adds Breast Pumps, Supplies and Counseling to Coverage

120531_breastfeeding_GuardsmanThe United States military’s health care program TRICARE has updated its breast pump policy to include coverage of breast pumps, supplies, and breastfeeding counseling. These services and supplies will be retroactively covered as of December 19, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Benefit Update on TRICARE’s website: TRICARE’s Breast Pump Policy Updated Effective July 1.

Monthly Meetings

breastfeeding-11EPSON scanner imageOur Monthly Series meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at Panera in North Fayette (by Walmart, across from Burgatory) in the VIP room at 10:00 am. The address is 250 McHolme Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275. For directions, please click here.

Meetings are informal and offer a place for women to gather for support on breastfeeding, parenting and being a mom. Babies and children are welcome. Meetings are a great place to meet other moms and to get answers to your questions. Women who are pregnant are encouraged to attend, if possible, before they deliver.

Our meetings rotate each month on one of the four series topics (but are not limited to these discussions): advantages of breastfeeding, adjusting to life with a new baby, overcoming difficulties and nutrition and weaning. We tailor each meeting to who is in attendance and always answer any questions anyone has first.

We usually meet for about an hour. Feel free to bring something to eat or drink, or purchase something at Panera.

If you would like to attend, you can just show up, send us an email ( or use the contact form on the Contact Us page. We will put you on our email list and Chrissy will send you send a reminder email a few days before the meeting. If there is inclement weather, she will send a cancellation email.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach our leaders by phone or by filling out the contact form on the Contact Us page.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lanolin Update

At our meeting last week, it was mentioned that lanolin is no longer recommended for use as it could possibly promote bacteria growth and lead to thrush or other infection. We apologize for any confusion. La Leche League has not changed its policy on lanolin and it is still safe and effective to use.

After further research, we found the studies this information was based on to be inconclusive. “Does Lanolin Use Increase the Risk of Infection in Breastfeeding Women” (2014) sample size was small and unable to control for hand hygiene, which is important as lanolin is applied with the fingers. A larger study needs to be done with women who are enrolled before giving birth and then assigning these women to either a group that applies lanolin use after a feeding or another to no topical treatments and both followed for infection.

We did speak with a Lactation Consultant at Sewickley Hospital who confirmed our findings with the studies. We also spoke with La Leche League USA (the corporate office of LLL) who confirmed lanolin is safe to use.

The study “Are There Any Cures for Sore Nipples,” (2013) did mention some interesting alternatives, such as peppermint gel and coconut oil.

Lanolin is a safe, effective treatment for sore nipples. Most mothers need it only in the first few early days or week after their baby is born.

We apologize for any confusion as we strive to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date information available on breastfeeding.

If you have any questions or would like to have a copy of the studies emailed to you, please contact us!

LLL of Western PA Area Conference

La Leche League of Western Pennsylvania is holding its Breastfeeding and Parenting Annual Conference on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Greentree. Dr. David Lobur, a Board-certified Internist specializing in the practice of Functional Medicine, is the featured guest speaker.

The conference is  a wonderful way to learn more about a variety of topics and meet other moms. Dads, Grandparents, babies and older childtree-232x300ren are welcome.

To view the conference brochure and to register online, please visit LLL of Western PA’s webiste:

If you have any questions, please contact us!

Breast Pumps and Insurance Coverage: What You Need to Know

The Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published an article on their “Office on Women’s Health” blog with common questions about breast pumps and insurance coverage. You can see some of the questions and answers below. For more information, you can access the full article here:

Private Insurance

Q: My friend told me that health insurance covers breast pumps now. Is that true?

A: The Affordable Care Act (2010) requires most health insurance plans to cover the cost of a breast pump as part of women’s preventive health services. These rules apply to Health Insurance Marketplace plans and all other private health insurance plans, except for grandfathered plans.

Q: I have private insurance and they told me that they do not cover breast pumps. What should I do?

A: If you believe your plan covers the cost of a breast pump, but your claim is denied, you have the right under the Affordable Care Act to an internal appeal or external appeal. If you need help, contact your state’s Department of Insurance or Consumer Assistance Program.

Go to for more information.

Medicaid and WIC

Q: I have Medicaid. Can I get a breast pump?

A: In some states, yes. Because states run their own Medicaid programs within federal guidelines, different states have different rules. Check with your Medicaid provider first.

If your state’s Medicaid program does not cover breast pumps, you may be eligible for a free one through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — better known as WIC. You may be able to get a breast pump if you already receive WIC benefits. Contact your state’s WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator for more information.

Prescriptions and Pre-authorizations

Q: Can I just buy a pump and be reimbursed?

A: Some insurance plans require a prescription or pre-authorization from your doctor. Talk to your health insurance company about what is covered before you rent or purchase a breast pump.

Rental or Purchase

Q: Will my insurance plan cover a rental breast pump? What if I want to buy a new one instead?

A: Your health insurance company can tell you what specific types of breastfeeding equipment are covered under your plan. Some plans cover only rental pumps, and some plans cover new pumps but only specific types. Contact your health insurance company to find out what type of breast pump is covered.

Manual or Electric

Q: Does the law require my insurance to cover an electric pump?

A: No, the law does not require health insurance plans to cover a certain type of pump. Check with your health insurance company to see what type(s) of pump(s) your plan covers.

Going Back to Work

Q: I want to keep breastfeeding when my maternity leave is over, but I’m not sure when or where I would pump at work. What do I do?

A: It might seem difficult to keep breastfeeding after you go back to work, especially if you’re not in an office — but there are a lot of ways to make it work. And the law is on your side. The Affordable Care Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers most hourly wage–earning and some salaried employees. Many employers are required to help their employees who are nursing moms in two ways:

  1. Workers must be given “reasonable” break time to pump for a breastfeeding child for one year after the child’s birth. The law recognizes that each woman has different needs for pumping breaks. Employers are not required to pay employees for the time they spend pumping, and many women use existing paid breaks to pump.
  2. Women who need to pump or nurse must be given a private space. This space cannot be a bathroom.

To see whether you are covered under this law or if you have more protections under your state law, check out our website Supporting Nursing Moms at Work. There we have creative solutions for all types of workspaces and suggestions for talking to your employer about what you need.

Q: I need a hospital-grade pump in order to finish pumping during my break at work. Can I get one?

A: Only your health insurance company can tell you what type of pump it will cover or provide. If you choose to get a used pump from a friend or from another parent in your neighborhood, be sure that it is a multi-user pump. Only pumps that are meant to be used by more than one mother (“multi-user pumps”) should be shared. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers all other breast pumps to be single-user devices.


As always, please Contact Us if you have any questions about pumping, returning to work or anything else about breastfeeding! 


The truth about newborn sleep

Science & Sensibility, a research blog from Lamaze International, recently published a post the nighttime realities new parents face. It talks about the new book that La Leche League has just published about safe sleep called “Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family.”

” “The experience of sleep, and of being left alone for sleep, is very different for babies than it is for adults. The more quickly you can understand your baby’s needs—for comfort, food, reassurance, contact, love—the less disruptive nighttime baby care will become, and the less anxious you will feel. Some of the decisions you make early on about nighttime baby care will affect how you manage sleep disruption and cope with your new baby.”

Linda J. Smith, one of the authors of the book, writes that your baby’s “body clock, which until recently was controlled by your own, is now free-running, and a day-night pattern does not start to emerge until he is around three months old. His stomach is tiny, and he will need frequent feeds all around the clock—he cannot wait eight hours through the night to be fed just because you need to sleep. If you don’t feed him, he will cry. If he’s cold, he will cry. If he hurts, he will cry. If he misses being in close contact with you, he will cry. He doesn’t know that you will come back once you leave his sight. If he feels abandoned, he will cry frantically—it’s his only method to attract attention and bring himself to safety. If he cries frantically, it will take a long time for him to calm down and you will have to help him.”

There are ways to maximize your sleep and get rest for the whole family while your baby is so young. One of the ways that many breastfeeding mothers find helpful is to bedshare. This allows you to get rest while still meeting the needs for closeness, nutrition and comfort of your baby.

The book shares 7 ways to bedshare safely. You can read more of this post, which talks about what is normal sleep for this stage, safety issues and when the baby will sleep through night here: “Sleeping Like a Mammal: Nighttime Realities for Childbirth Educators to Share with Parents.”