What is the difference between rental pumps and the pump that I received from my insurance?
The best breast pump will mimic most closely what a baby does at breast. A hospital grade breast pump is a quality made piece of equipment with extensive research invested, and has a retail price tag of around $2,000. A hospital grade pump will have a larger piston installed, which means that as it goes through it’s suck/release cycle it is drawing on the breast longer, helping express the milk more like an infant. It also has a more sophistocated cycle pattern, much like your baby. A high end hospital grade pump has a smoother cycle, which leads to more comfortable and effective pumping. A personal use pump, like those provided by your insurance company with a price tag of $100-$400, is designed to be used in a more limited capacity. It has a lower cost because it is designed to be used 2-4 times per day for up to 1 year, sometimes less. It is an appropriate pump for someone with an established milk supply who needs to pump a couple of times a day to maintain milk production while away from her baby.