Breastfeeding Success offers hospital-grade breastpumps and pediatric scale rentals at Seton Hospitals and Breastfeeding Success Clinics
Why would I need a hospital grade breastpump?
Any mom that is working to establish or increase her milk supply will find more success with a rental hospital grade pump. A personal use pump that you can buy at the store or get from your insurance will typically work very well when you have an established milk supply and are only needing to pump while away from your baby i.e. going back to work, school, or the occasional night out with your significant other. If your milk supply is low or your baby is not able to effectively drain the breast with directly breastfeeding every 1.5 – 3 hrs, a hospital grade breastpump is recommended.
What is the difference between rental pumps and the pump that I received from my insurance?
Quality is the key. This is evident in the pricing of the pumps as well. All true hospital grade breastpumps cost around $2,000.00. If you purchased a pump that claims that it is “hospital grade” for less than that, you are likely going to get what you pay for. The quality is measurable in ounces. The real difference comes in the smooth cycling and consistency in suction. Many pumps that are purchased for personal use will have a very jerky motion as they initiate suction and the cycling speed can be ineffective when trying to establish or increase a milk supply. Rental pumps are made with high quality motors and pistons that will last for years while used 8-12 times per day. A personal use pump is designed to be used for about one year while used 2-4 times per day.
Cost – Benefit
Hospital grade breastpumps are typically rental pumps that are only needed for a week or perhaps a month to establish a milk supply, possibly longer if you have a baby in the NICU who is unable to directly breastfeed.
Rental cost 1 week – $35
1 month – $75
Long term pump rentals (greater than 6 months) receive a 20% discount
Why would I need a pediatric scale
Pediatric scales are utilized to ensure that baby continues gaining weight as we decrease supplementation of expressed breastmilk and move to exclusively breastfeeding. Since we don’t have oz/ml marks on our breasts, sometimes it can be difficult to determine that baby has transferred sufficient amounts of milk during a feeding. These pediatric scales are precise to 2g or .1oz so that you can do pre and post feed weights if you would like to evaluate how well your baby is draining the breast and if they are getting enough to gain weight appropriately. Daily weight checks can also be reported back to your pediatrician.
***All proceeds from pump and scale rental go directly into continuing education our team as well as staff education for the hospitals with which we collaborate***