Frequently Asked Pumping Questions:
Q: Where can I rent a hospital grade pump?
A: Baby Knows Breast has Medela Lactina Select pumps available for rent. Call today!
1 week rental $40
1 month rental $90
Q: Why rent a hospital grade pump?
A: A good quality hospital or professional grade pump allows a selection of both speed and vacuum, closely imitating a baby's natural sucking pattern. A hospital grade pump is more similar to baby's effective suck, than a store bought pump. This is important because it helps moms establish and maintain a healthy milk supply. If your baby is not able to latch, or nurse 8 to 12 times a day, it can cause a decrease in milk production.
Q: What is the difference in a hospital grade pump, a professional grade pump and hand pump?
•Professional grade pumps are designed to be used by moms who have a well-established milk supply, which occurs around (1.5 months postpartum) and are a great resource for mothers looking to return to the work force or any regularly scheduled separation.
•Hand pumps are made for use by those mothers who have a well-established milk supply and need to go out on occasion. The Marmet Method of Hand Expression also works well, in these situations.
•Hospital grade pumps are designed to help establish and maintain a healthy milk supply by closely mimicking the sucking motions of a baby. They are a go to tool for moms who have preemies, babies with difficulty latching and moms seeking to increase their supply.
Q: Can I just use my friend's/family member's pump?
A: For safety and sanitation purposes, it is not recommended that professional grade or hand pumps be shared. Milk can travel through the tubing and accumulate inside the motor, exposing moms to bacteria from previous pump users. Hospital grade pumps have a closed system and do not allow for such accumulation.
Q: Where do I find find accessory parts for my pump?
A: We have pump kits and other breast pump parts for purchase. Buy Buy Baby and Amazon also carry some pump kits. Once used, pump parts are not returnable, please inquire if the parts fit the pump you are renting, before purchasing them at a store.
Q: Why would I need to 'rent' a pump if it costs less to own one?
A: A milk supply is established by breastfeeding early and often. The early weeks of breastfeeding are critical for helping to establish a milk supply. A newborn should be breastfeeding 8-12 times a day. If an infant is not able to breastfeed often or well, there will be a decrease in milk production. Professional grade pumps are not designed to help establish a supply, but rather to help maintain one, once it has been well established. Renting a hospital grade pump allows you to have the benefits of help establishing and keeping up a supply, without the high cost of owning a hospital grade pump and works more efficiently than a purchased professional or hand held pump.
Q: How do speed and vacuum effect my pumping experience?
A: The adjustable vacuum protects mothers from excessive or prolonged suction. A faster pump speed is more comfortable than slower speed.
Q: How often should I pump?
A: How often a mother needs to pump varies depending on how often her baby is able to nurse at the breast and how long she needs to leave her baby. Many moms who plan on returning to work find it helpful to use a double pump for 10-15 minutes rest for 10-15 mins, then pump again for 10-15 minutes. Doing this 1-2 times daily can help create a supply of milk that can be used to feed baby, while she is away. Pumping time also varies if there is a latching issue for baby, supply is low or other health issues exist.
Q: What kind of pumping pain is normal?
A: Pumping should never cause pain! If you feel pain, you may want to change the size of your breast shield flanges.