Post # 1
I’ve been shopping around for a good breast pump for my friend to replace the one she recently purchased and is unhappy about (not sure of the brand but it’s from Target and about $150). She said she’s just not getting enough milk from it (at most about 1 oz at a time).
Does a better quality pump = more output?
Post # 3
In my experience- yes. Is it possible for her to rent a hospital grade breast pump from where she delivered at just to see if there is a difference and to see if she likes that model? Mine cost $30/month to rent from the hospital I delivered at.
Post # 4
It is a possibility that it is the pump. I agree with the PP that renting a hospital grade pump would be a great idea until her supply is stable. If she is opposed to renting I had the Medela Pump in Style and I used it once I went to back to work. It is a great pump, a little more expensive though.
It it turns out to not be the pump, it could be her supply, and there a lot of things she can do to up her supply.
Post # 5
I had no idea you could rent a pump! That’s a great solution for her. I’ll call up her local hospital tomorrow and inquire about it.
Post # 6
I agree renting a hospital grade pump would be a great idea until her supply is up!! I love my Pump In Style Advanced…it works very well and is easy to travel with. A lot of times insurance will help cover them too 🙂
Post # 7
Also, check out buying a used one…I work at a baby resale shop, and we sell used medela’s only. They rage from $75-175 depending on the style. A lot of mom’s don’t like the idea of a used pump, but you can buy an accessory kit for like $35 from babies r us (less with a coupon!) that way the only “used” part is the mechanics of the pump, not the tubing/bottles/etc. Check craigslist/ebay.
Post # 8
One bit of info I was told, is that a closed-system pump is the way to go. With an open-system pump mold can get stuck in the motor and tubes over the course of time which can cause contamination.