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A Healthy Start for You and Your Baby

If you are expecting a new addition to your family, consider breastfeeding your newborn. Human milk provides babies with the perfect balance of protein, sugar and fat for healthy growth. For children, breastfeeding:

  • Boosts immunity against diseases and infections
  • Lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Supports healthy weight gain

For mothers, breastfeeding:

  • Builds strong bonds
  • Speeds recovery after childbirth
  • Burns extra calories
  • Lowers the risk of certain cancers
  • Saves money spent on formula

Resource: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents feed infants only breast milk for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding for at least the next six months as your baby eats new foods. And the Service Benefit Plan is here to help you give your baby the healthiest start and support your efforts to continue breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Education

If you need information or help breastfeeding, the Service Benefit Plan covers breastfeeding education and individual coaching on breastfeeding provided by a physician, physician assistant, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner/clinical specialist, or registered nurse certified lactation consultant.

Breast pump kit benefit

If you are a Service Benefit Plan member and you are pregnant and/or nursing, you can order a breast pump kit and milk storage bags at no cost to you when you order through CVS Caremark by calling 1-800-262-7890.

You can choose one of two available kits per calendar year—the Ameda Manual pump kit or the Ameda Double Electric pump kit. Your breast pump kit will come with a supply of 150 Ameda milk storage bags. You may also order 150 bags every 90 days, even if you own your own breast pump.

Talk to your doctor about breastfeeding and whether it is right for you, and check your health benefits. You can review all maternity-related benefits on our page for new and expectant parents. Click the link below to take a look at this new resource. Also, be sure to ask your doctor for a list of recommended resources in your community.

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Benefits and Services, Your Costs, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Page last updated: August 14, 2013

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