For those of you who plan to BF & Pump

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For those of you who plan to BF & Pump

Are you planning on buying a pump? Do you already have one? Anyone plan on renting one from the hospital? I'm just curious to see what others have done and what they plan to do this time and your likes/dislikes.

I had the Medala Pump N Style Tote Bag with DS. My SIL gave it to me. She never used it with her DD because she decided not to BF after having her. It was great! The thing is that I didn't really have to use it a ton because I stayed home with DS the 1st year and so I only really used it when he was in the NICU and then after he was out I used it only when I was going somewhere(which wasn't often) without him.

This time I am returning to work after 12 weeks so I NEED a pump that I can use at least twice a day when I am at work. My insurance pays for me to get a brand new one under the new healthcare plan, but I have to pay for it out of pocket and then get reimbursed. Money is tight right now so I can't decide if it's worth it to buy one of the really, really nice digital ones or just get the nice one I had like last time... How much does it cost to rent from the hospital? Just curious.

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I have the pump you have from DS1 and I used it for DS2 also. I know Medela has the new hands-free one (well, not so new, but newer than mine!) - the Freestyle?? that seems to have gotten good reviews, too. I didn't like using my pump at work when I had to with DS1. It did the job, but feel like that's when my supply dropped some, so I'd definitely look into how much it costs to rent from the hospital since their pumps are supposed to be more efficient I think. Sorry I can't help more with advice, and even though I hope to not need to pump as much this time around since I work from home and can nurse for the most part, I'll be interested in seeing what everyone recommends!!

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I've heard that the hospital ones are the best and to rent them is about a dollar a day. I'll be doing that for the first six weeks.

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I have a pump n style and while I didn't have to use it tons outside of the first couple of weeks when DD learned to latch, I loved it. My BFF had to pump from 3 months until the 1 yr mark and used the same pump (pumping 5-8x a day).

I'd ask your hospital's LC about whether or not they give discounts if you buy a pump through them (mine gives 30% off) or if they think renting would be more economical.

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I'll rent a hospital pump until January when our health plan rolls over and I'll be eligable to have insurance pay for a pump. I've rented hospital pumps for both my other two and found they were really large and clunky and I could have never brought them to work.

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I plan on using the one I have... its a medela double. I just need to get some new tubing and breast cups for it.

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I really like the hospital rental, but probably won't use one this time, I can't imagine I will have the time to nurse and pump, so when it's time to introdu pec a bottle we will his use formula.

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I have one from the hospital and after insurance I pay15.00 a month

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I bought a medela this time- the nice one- but i got it used from somebody and just bought all new parts (which is only like 30 bucks) so I'd def reccomend that- then you'rebasically just buying the actually battery/plug part and so its completely clean.
OR rent from the hosp to make sure it's gonna work- i feel bad when ppl spend 250+ on a pump then end up not being able to pump/BF!

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I bought a second hand Madela Pump in Style, and bought all new parts like lemonlemon did. I also got a mini electric free when I bought the in style. , both for $50.00. I'm not even sure I will be able to BF, no woman in my family has ever been able too, but I am going to give it a good try!

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Once I'm not working we will qualify for WIC and I know there are a bunch of pumps that the local WIC has that are just sitting there so I won't be preventing anyone else from getting one. And they get you all new pieces so its all clean etc.

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"AkMomma07" wrote:

Once I'm not working we will qualify for WIC and I know there are a bunch of pumps that the local WIC has that are just sitting there so I won't be preventing anyone else from getting one. And they get you all new pieces so its all clean etc.

I got mine from WIC back when DS1 was born. They are really nice ones Smile

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"Lyricly_" wrote:

I bought a second hand Madela Pump in Style, and bought all new parts like lemonlemon did. I also got a mini electric free when I bought the in style. , both for $50.00. I'm not even sure I will be able to BF, no woman in my family has ever been able too, but I am going to give it a good try!

Find a support group and numbers for those that help in your area now. A key to success when doubtful is to know where to turn to before the baby comes so before you panic you can reach out. I have ran across other moms through my local La Leche League group who didn't think they could because no one in their family had BF, but they went on to have a successful nursing relationship. There are things that can make BFing really rough at first (like being tongue tied) which is why a lot of women in the past have said they couldn't BF - there was zero help to turn to to figure out what was going on. Good luck! Smile