PUMPS - Rent, purchase or need at all?
For my last baby, I went right back to work, so I purchased a
very good breast pump and then sold it when through. I will be
home after the birth of my next child, so I can't see the logic
of purchasing a big pump. I am thinking of renting a pump, what
do I need to know?
Hi Cheryl! How lucky you are to be able to stay at home with this
baby. I know there must be nursing mothers out there who miss
their jobs and look forward to going back to work, but they are
in the minority. Most working mothers would love to stay at home,
but just can't afford to do it.
If you are
at home with your baby, then you have several options as far as
pumps go. Some stay at home moms find that they don't need a pump
at all. They take the baby everywhere they go, and are comfortable
nursing when they are out and about by finding a comfortable spot
to sit down and throwing a blanket over their shoulder.
at home moms find that they are not comfortable with nursing in
public, and they like having the option of putting their milk
in a bottle when they go out. If you have grandparents who live
nearby and are willing to baby-sit a lot, then you may want to
pump so that you can leave breastmilk for the baby when they are
caring for him. Some mothers who have older children find that
there are times when it just isn't possible to sit and nurse for
long periods of time, so giving a bottle of breastmilk allows
them the flexibility of letting someone besides them feed the
baby. Of course, dads like to be involved with feeding, too, so
pumping the milk can provide that option as well.
If you are
only going to be pumping occasionally, then a manual pump or a
small battery/electric pump like the MiniElectric may be a good
option for you. These pumps are inexpensive and portable, but
they don't provide the stimulation of a rental pump or a professional
grade double pump like the Pump In Style. Working mothers or mothers
who pump several times a day on a regular basis need the speed,
power, and efficiency of a good double pump.
The only problem
in your situation is that once you have used a good double pump,
then you get kind of spoiled and it is hard to settle for one
of the less efficient pumps. Both the hospital grade rental pumps
like Medela's Lactina or Ameda's Elite and the professional grade
pumps like Medela's Pump In Style or Ameda's Purely Yours provide
excellent results in a very short amount of time. If you had never
used a pump like that before, then you wouldn't know the difference.
Since you have used a very efficient pump with your last baby,
then you may find that you are disappointed in the results you
get with a smaller, less expensive pump.
Medela or Ameda pump would certainly provide you with excellent
results, but depending on how long you rent, it may end up being
less expensive for you to buy another good electric pump. Rental
rates vary around the country, but usually run between $30.00
to $50.00 a month. If you plan to pump for more than a few months,
then it might end up costing you less to buy than to rent. Some
rental stations offer a discount if the pump is rented for several
months, so you need to ask about that. You also need to factor
in the cost of a pumping kit. Each mother who rents a pump has
to have her own pumping kit (the breastshields that fit on the
breasts and the tubing that attaches to the pump). Unless you
saved the parts from your last pump and they are compatible with
the pump you rent, then you will have to purchase a new kit in
order to be able to use the pump. These kits usually cost around
$25.00, but may be more. Pumps that you buy usually come with
the pumping kit included.
stations also charge a cleaning and inspection fee for each pump.
These fees can vary from a couple of dollars to $20.00 or more.
You need to check into the total cost before you rent.
You can find
out about rental options available in your area by calling Medela
at 1-800-435-8316 or visiting their website at medela.com,
or calling Ameda at 1-800-323-4060 or visiting their website at
information about the pros and cons of manual, small electric,
rental, and professional grade pumps, check out the article on "Collecting
and Storing Breastmilk."
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