As with clothes and other baby gear, many parents-to-be go all out with breastfeeding paraphernalia. Nursing tops, nursing bras, nursing covers, nursing pillows, a top-of-the-line breast pump -- you name it. But what if breastfeeding doesn't work as planned? Then you've spent a fortune on stuff that will only get a month or two of use. It might be worth waiting a month or two to see if breastfeeding suits you and your child before investing in any specialized equipment. Even then, don't go overboard. All you really need is yourself and a willing newborn. That said, if you plan to work outside the home or have a partner help with feedings, a good breast pump is a worthy investment. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover breast pumps and lactation counseling services as preventive care for women. Given that breast pumps can cost upwards of $300, it's definitely worth a call to your insurance provider to find out exactly which breast pumps and services are included in your plan. Many plans also cover some or all of the rental cost for a hospital-grade pump, another money-saving idea if you aren't sure how long you will need a pump.