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. 91436p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com