Buying or Renting a Breast Pump
If you are likely to be discharged home before your baby, if breastfeeding is not yet established or baby is needing supplemental milk, you will need to consider how you will continue to express breast milk at home.
A double electric breast pump is ideal as double pumping provides greater stimulation for parents who are separated from their baby (as well as saving a lot of time)!
Medela Symphony double electric hospital grade pumps are available from www.medela-rental.co.uk or by phoning Medela on 0161 7760400.
Using the online code MEDNICU, the cost is £39 for the first two weeks and then £39 per month after this. Orders placed before 3pm Monday to Friday are dispatched the same day for next working day delivery.
Ardo ‘Carum’ double electric hospital grade pumps are available by contacting Ardo directly on 01823 336362 or by visiting Ardo’s website.
The cost is £49.00 for 14 days hire: this includes delivery and collection by couriers, 2 pump sets (ideal for double pumping) and bottles and free EasyClean microwave cleaning bags, and then £49.00 for every continuous month thereafter. Orders placed before 2pm, Monday to Friday, are despatched free for a 2-4 day delivery and £7.50 for a next working day delivery by courier.
We would advise against purchasing Tommee Tippee breast pumps due to frequent reports of poor performance and difficulties with use. Spectra (S1 / S2), Medela and Ardo are well known breast pumps which are compatible with the bottles used in hospital (although you may find it cheaper to rent).
Bella Baby is another pump (which is lower priced) and has good feedback. Some mothers find that wearable breast pumps (although convenient) may result in a lower milk output when used while supply is still being established.