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By Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC
Q. I have to go back to work in two weeks. My daughter will need two, possibly three expressed breast milk feedings a day. I have a good supply of milk and with my manual pump I can get at least two ounces in 20 minutes. What breast pump do you recommend? I am on a tight budget and can only afford about $60-$75.
A. I am sorry to have to tell you this, but the only decent pumps in my opinion are more like in the $150-$300 range. However, here is some food for thought. If you pump for a full year you will spend at the most $300.00 on a breast pump. If you decide that you cannot afford to purchase the pump, but go for formula, you will spend about close to if not more than $1000.00 to feed the baby. So do the math, and figure out which is more economical. I find it is more economical to buy the pump, versus renting it. Most of the time you can use the pump for more than one baby, and if this is your first, then it would be a good investment.
Three companies I trust: Medela, Hollister and Bailey medical. Go to their sites, and decide for yourself which pump you want. But PLEASE do not buy a 60-70 dollar pump at any of the marts, because they do not work, and you are wasting your money.
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