Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in accordance with the Affordable Care Act that include breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling. These historic guidelines will help ameliorate traditional breastfeeding obstacles, such as the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps. According to the HSS,
“By eliminating barriers like copays, co-insurance, and deductibles, these guidelines will help improve access to affordable, quality health care for all women. New private health plans must cover the guidelines on women’s preventive services with no cost sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012.”
What do you think of the new guidelines? Will they help you support breastfeeding mothers?