Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Should I Rent or Buy a Breastpump?

Many new moms who are planning on breastfeeding will also be pumping milk at least occasionally, whether they are going back to work soon or just want to let Dad or someone else do some of the feeding.

So the question comes up. Is it better to buy a breastpump or to rent a hospital-grade pump? The answer depends on your personal situation.

There are some cases, such as having a premature baby, where you would definitely want the stronger, more efficient hospital-grade rental pump. Rental pumps are also nice if you want to spread the cost out as opposed to paying a lot up front. If you're not sure how long you'll be pumping or you know that you'll only be pumping for a month or two, rental pumps can be less expensive in the short-term.

However, if you're going back to work and you're planning on transporting your pump back & forth, the personal-grade pumps are a lot smaller and easier to carry around than the hospital-grade rental pumps. Also if you're planning on using your pump for a while or with another child, the Medela Pump-In-Style breastpumps are less expensive over the long run.

Whether you decide to rent or buy, if you're going to be pumping more than a few times per week, you definitely want to get a double electric pump! Getting a single electric pump or a manual (hand-powered) pump is only for short-term, emergency/holiday situations. Trying to use a manual pump all the time will only tire you out and make you dislike pumping, and using a single electric pump (meaning that you can only pump one side at a time) means that pumping will take twice as long!

Feel free to call us at 818-380-3111 if you need help deciding whether to rent or buy a Medela pump!
Already have your pump, but can't figure out how all the parts fit together? Check out our YouTube video showing how the pump parts are assembled.

At A Mother's Haven in Encino, we rent out hospital-grade Medela pumps. Rental pumps are only $75 per month!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

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