Do you need to rent a breast pump?
Sweet Beginnings is proud to rent the Medela Symphony breast pump at affordable monthly rates.
What do I need in addition to the pump?
You will need to purchase a pump kit, which contains the diaphragms that fit the rental pump as well as the tubing, flanges, containers, and other necessary parts.
The rental site should have a kit for you to purchase. If you received a pump kit at your birth site, you may not need to purchase another one.
I have the pump my insurance sent me. Why do I need to rent one?
Personal use pumps are manufactured for pumping 2-3 times per day when you are back at work. Using it to pump 8-10 times per day can significantly shorten the life of the pump, and even violate the warranty.
Rental grade pumps are built to be used many, many times per day, ideal for mothers of preemie babies who are not nursing yet, mothers working to increase a low milk supply, or other situations in which pumping many times a day is needed.
What should I know about pumping?
2. Make sure your flanges fit properly.
Pump flanges should not rub or cause pain. Flanges that are too small or too large reduce the amount of milk you can express. This diagram may be helpful to you as you determine if your flange size is correct.
3. Manual expression can help!
5. Go to breastfeeding support group!
This is a great way to make sure your baby is gaining well in between doctor visits. Remember to call ahead to find out what is offered at the group (can you weigh your baby? how many families usually attend? is the group run by an IBCLC?). Your local hospital may have a group, and you may have an independent group near you as well.
Some independent groups in the south metro area include:
Do you need more help with breastfeeding or pumping?
Make an appointment with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) to address issues and concerns. Getting skilled help early can solve issues more quickly and with less stress.