Breast pump rental


#1

Hi Ladies,
I’m thinking about renting a hospital grade pump. Do any of you have experience with this? I saw some online rental places where you can prepay for several months and get a discounted rate and some local rental places that cost more ($75 vs $50/month online for 6 months). Can the online places be trusted with pump quality or cleanliness? Can you recommend one that you have used?

PS. I’m looking to rent a Medela Symphony for at least a year, if all goes well. I’m in the Chicago area.

Thanks a bunch!


#2

Did you check with your hospital? Our hospital had rental pumps at lower prices than private outside companies. I’d also trust them. Have you considered a high end personal pump? The hospital pumps were quite big. I would have had a hard time carrying one of them and the baby out the door to daycare.

Best of luck with whatever you try!


#3

Did you check with your insurance to see if they would cover any of the cost? I learned that my insurance will cover the cost of a rental with a Rx from the doc. I think my cost will be about $10/month.


#4

I rented the symphony from my hospital when I delivered my twins. I knew I wanted to try to BF but didn’t know if it would work. I didn’t want to spend the money on an expensive pump only to have it sit around.

That being said, I rented the symphony for the first 2 months (it was between 40 and 50/month), and then decided it was working out and bought a Medela Pump in Style using coupons and stuff from BRUS. I think I got it for around $200. The pieces I had from the symphony were interchangeable. It made more sense money wise to just buy one.

The symphony was a little quieter, maybe a little smoother, but it was big, bulky and impossible to pack around. The Pump in style comes in either a shoulder bag, or back pack type packaging, and it makes it easy and discrete to carry around.

hope that helps!


#5

I rented my Symphony from Babies R us for $65/month. I had no issues with cleanliness. The pump is only a suction system. The bottles and other attachments you should buy them separately. So as long as the suction in the pump is working I would not worry.


#6

I bought a pump and then decided to rent the symphony. There really wasn’t much difference between the retail medela and the symphony. The suction and let down phase were exactly the same. I would suggest that you just purchase a medela swing and save the money. You can buy them new for around 150 and they work just as well. Plus they are easier to carry.
If you want a double pump you can get the Medela Advanced which is what I originally purchased but, it was bulkier and I didn’t want to carry it around all the time. The swing will fit nicely in a diaper bag or purse.


#7

Thanks for all your input ladies.


#8

We rented one for a month from the hospital ($80/month). It was the Medela Symphony. It worked well, but maybe only a little better than the Medela Pump in Style we eventually bought.