I have a dear friend who had a baby yesterday. She wants to breastfeed so badly but she cannot afford a breast pump. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Fatin - posted on 01/31/2009

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she can rent a breast pump. she can ask the hospital she gave birth in to give her company names and find out who is cheapest

Christine - posted on 02/01/2009

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Maybe her local pharmacy can loan her one for a small fee.  Or she should ask her pediatrician.

Ella - posted on 02/01/2009

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Try your local freecycle group there brill its worth a go give away things for free and get things for free...

Lindsey - posted on 02/01/2009

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check into renting a brest pump from the hospital.  When I had my first at 23 weeks i was not ready for her.  I had nothing yet.  I rented the breast pump and a car bed from the hospital.  It is worth checking out.



 

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Barbara - posted on 04/02/2009

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I think a pump is great for every mother!! Even stay at home moms need some time away (or even a whole EVENING away! MIRACULOUS!!) from children. That DOESN"T hurt bonding at all, and may actually increase/maintain your milk supply, due to the opportunity to destress!! If you need something quicker than hand-expressing (can pretty slow--especially if pumping at work!), I would recommend buying a cheaper single pump to pump one side while feeding on the other when possible ($35). I borrowed a pump from a friend with my first (just bought new tubing and replacement parts for the things that touched milk). For this one, we've been s-l-o-w-l-y saving for a double-pump of our own. Trust YOUR OWN instincts as a mother, and give yourself permission to do as much as you can. Don't let anyone tell you what is right for you and your child!! Congrats and good luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/01/2009

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1-866 or 1-800 cant remember which one. - milkmaids. They gave me a free pump in the mail- a double breast pump at that. I am on Minnesota Care though, don't know if you have to be or if they go by income. Wouldn't hurt to try though!

Helen - posted on 02/01/2009

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I agree with katherine, hand expressing is the best option, wait until your breasts are fully engorged tho! You can ask your partener (or very close friend) to hold the bottle for you so you can use both hands, it takes a bit of practice, but works a treat!

Debbie - posted on 02/01/2009

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I very rarely needed a pump because of being a stay at home mom. However, I realize that isn't the situation with every parent out there. I also found it helpful if I was planning a night with a drink or 2 that I could give my baby something that wasn't going contain alcohol. It was also helpful with engorgement. She can get a hand held pump for around $30. I rented an electric pump from WIC for a deposit of just $20. If she qualifies for WIC, that would be the best route. Congrats to your friend on her new baby!

Brenda - posted on 02/01/2009

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And don't listen to the militant people on "you don't need a pump".  Some people get a little wrapped up in it. I'm an attachment parent and fully believe in the bonding experience of nursing, and plan to do so, BUT I am also a graduate student and will be pumping and or supplementing with formula so I can attend my classes and work my part time job.  All moms do what they have to, and I think some people forget that.  A lot of Attachment/natural parents can get a little over zealous.  In most cases they, and all of us AP parents, mean well, just some forget that life can often get in the way of the ideal situation. In a ideal world, no mom would have to pump or work or go to school, but we don't live in that ideal, and things don't always work the way we want them to.  Tell your friend best of luck.

Brenda - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hand expression would be easiest.  Some mom's find it more effective than even using a pump to express.  I'd direct her to La Leche League.  If she really needs a pump, her local LLL office may even be able to help her get one.  Also, if she is low income, I think you can get one through the local WIC office.  I know with my first pregnancy they offered free manuel breast pumps, I haven't asked this time to see.  Medicaid also might provide for a breast pump is she qualified for that, but that's a little more difficult to qualify for.

Nicole - posted on 02/01/2009

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Quoting Laura:



Key word is BREAST FEED...that does not involve a 'PUMP'!  HAND EXPRESS....breast pumps can cause damage to your breasts if not used properly.  What did women do before breast pumps???  Do you see women in developing nations with breast pumps on a regular basis....NO!  You do not have to have one to breast feed...your baby is the most efficient 'pump' you need...if money is tight....spend it on something more important for your child or yourself.





This is the kind of attitude that makes enemys of breastfeeders/nonbreastfeeders. Maybe try and tone down your "passion" when responding to a woman who's asking for a little information. There are plenty of reasons for needing/wanting a pump. Who are you to get all bent out of shape when you know nothing about her friend and her reasons?

User - posted on 02/01/2009

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wic offers them to nursing mothers also try talking with the hospital. If you live in san diego county there is also the pregnancy resource center. good luck and congratulations

Jamie - posted on 02/01/2009

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Thank you so much for all the suggestions. We'll certainly look into them. As far as those who feel like she does not need a pump......she plans to go back to work. She wants her baby to have breast milk available. I understand that everyone has their own personal beliefs about what is and isn't necessary when it comes to breast feeding and I respect that. I did not make this post to determine whether a breast pump was a good idea or not. I was only trying to get some suggestions for resources. Personally, I have 3 children and breast fed two of them. I used a pump. I am well aware that one is not necessary for breast feeding but she would like one and I am trying to help my friend.



Again, thank you for all the helpful suggestions. We will be making phone calls tomorrow.

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2009

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You would only need a pump if you were planning to put the milk in a bottle. Pumping is not essential to breast feeding, a close bond with your baby and dedication is. I had a pump and used it, but ended up using it for no reason, because I never used the milk. Plus hand expressing is a good way to get milk out. But if she plans to breast feed exclusively you will not need bottles or a pump. It's just a waste of money, but to put things in perspective, if you put the milk in a bottle, the baby might prefer the bottle over momand eventually you'll need to get formula, and formula is wasy more expensive then buying a $50 or even a $100 breast pump over the course of a year.

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Yes they can be costly breast pumps But i got a avent breast pump from a garage sale for $3 nuthing wrong with it at all just made sure it was cleaned properly or she could try ebay some really cheap ones on there ,I mean you could hand express but personally it hurts alot and you wont get as much as it isnt a sucking motion

Jayne - posted on 02/01/2009

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Although they are not necessary, in the early days they can assist to establish a good milk supply.  You can also put down some frozen milk supplies if you use a pump to help if you need to go out for an appointment or something.  Guess it depends if you want to get  your baby on to bottles of expressed milk in conjunction with BFing.

Kylie - posted on 02/01/2009

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depends on where she lives you can hire them from hospitals or even put an add in the paper for anyone who has one that they can either give away or sell at a affordable price

Sarah - posted on 02/01/2009

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My first thought is that formula is going to cost WAAAAAAYYYYY more in the long run!!! Hope it works out for her :)

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Pumps are pretty expensive...however, Walgreens will rent pumps (hospital grade) for a fraction of what it costs...

Laura - posted on 02/01/2009

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Key word is BREAST FEED...that does not involve a 'PUMP'!  HAND EXPRESS....breast pumps can cause damage to your breasts if not used properly.  What did women do before breast pumps???  Do you see women in developing nations with breast pumps on a regular basis....NO!  You do not have to have one to breast feed...your baby is the most efficient 'pump' you need...if money is tight....spend it on something more important for your child or yourself.

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Does she have medical insurance? My employer did not provide insurance for me, so I went to Social Services and was put on MA (Medical Assistance). MA paid for the rental pump from the hospital for a few weeks, then sent one to me to keep and they took the rental back. I didn't have to pay a cent.

Kristian - posted on 01/31/2009

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 the health department has them here in Ohio to rent out I would give a call or maybe even the hospital

Brennan - posted on 01/31/2009

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she can hand express... takes more time, but definately do-able!  I have had to do that in an emergency once.. and I got just a little less than I did when I pumped... and also there are hand pumps that are considerably cheaper...

Whitney - posted on 01/31/2009

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Is the breast pump for when she goes back to work?



If she's planning on breastfeeding, then I would suggest she make the lactation consultant at the hospital her new best friend.  Before she leaves, she can usually request a visit from one that would be included in her stay there.  Then most hospital's lactation ladies have a phone number she can call to ask questions to.  Also, the La Leche League in your area can provide her with additional breast feeding resources.  Finally, where I live there is a shop that caters specifically to the breastfeeding crowd.  The woman that owns the store is a registered lactation consultant and she does breastfeeding consults by appointment, as well as having a really good selection of nursing bras and other things.  I'll bet you have one in your area as well.

Cori - posted on 01/31/2009

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Yeah.. I've got an extra one that I've never used.  If she can at least pay shipping she can have it.  She might also want to check with her insurance company.. a lot will cover them with a prescription.  There are also local organizations that will sometimes help out.  The one in MN is "Milk Moms". 



 



They are also listed really cheap on Ebay.. and REALLY cheap & sometimes free on Craigslist. 



If she's worried about it being sanitary, she can always borrow or buy a motor from someone and purchase the accessories direct from the company.

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2009

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Why does she feel she can't breastfeed without a pump? Many women do it without because they just don't need one. Just give her lots of encouragement and then if the situation seems to call for one she might be able to find one for rent as a less expensive option or even some manual ones at babies r us are only 35 dollars.

Andrea - posted on 01/31/2009

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I'm not sure where your friend is...but I know that you can rent a breast pump from places like WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Or she can even call the Department of Human Services and ask...

User - posted on 01/31/2009

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Depends how much she will be using one. My sister-in-law is a stay at home mom and didn't need one at all. If you need one for medical reasons, you can get it through health insurance. So there's all ranges. They suggest not getting a used one- for fear of contamination. But if she's in need, she could always sterilize the parts she gets. I would suggest checking Craig's List for used ones if she's comfortable with that. Otherwise, she could get a simple hand held for about $40 (I think.)

Kim - posted on 01/31/2009

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Does she have prescription coverage/medical insurance?  Her OB can write a prescription and the cost could be reimbursed by many insurance providers. Also, hospitals sell them at a discout.  I got my Medela for more than $100 off the retail price.  She should contact the lactation support where she delivered and they can help her out.

Katherine - posted on 01/31/2009

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i used to hand express as the pumps i used hurt my nipples too much and never seemed to get alot out, but it worked wonders

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