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Breast Pumps and Supplies

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Covered by TRICARE? Yes

You must have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized provider. An authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is: licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. Specific rules do apply.

TRICARE covers breast pumps and breast pump supplies at no cost for new mothers, including mothers who adopt an infant, and plan to breastfeed.

You must have a prescription from a TRICARE-authorized Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Midwife. The prescription will state which type of breast pump you need:

  • Hospital-grade breast pump
  • Standard electric breast pump
  • Items needed
  • Your supporting diagnosis

Hospital-Grade Breast Pumps

TRICARE covers electric hospital-grade breast pumps and supplies when needed for mothers and infant(s): Example reasons: separation at birth due to illness; lactation complications and various other medical reasons.

To get a hospital-grade pump, you need to work with your provider and regional contractor to obtain a referral/authorization.

When a hospital-grade breast pump is no longer needed, you may be covered for a manual or standard electric breast pump. A new prescription is required.

Breast Pump Supplies

TRICARE covers the following supplies for up to 36 months after the birth event:

  • Standard power adapters
  • Tubing and tubing adaptors
  • Locking rings
  • Bottles and bottle caps
  • Shield/splash protectors
  • Storage bags
  • TRICARE also covers two breast pump kits per birth event.

How to Get Covered Breast Pumps and Supplies

You can get breast pumps and supplies from a TRICARE-authorized provider, supplier, or vendor.