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Renting or Buying a Breast Pump

Did You Rent or Buy a Breast Pump?

If it's tough to stomach spending a good chunk of change on a gorgeous crib or a comfy glider, it may be doubly painful to add a $300 breast pump to an expectant mother's checklist. Many women choose to rent a pump instead of purchasing their own as the item is nonrefundable and pricey. If used enough, however, families might reap the financial benefits of storing breast milk.

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Nicolescandy Nicolescandy 6 years
I neither buy it nor rented it, i got it gifted, it was ameda ultra, my mother in law gifted me just two weeks back, she's the best mother in law in town!
Greggie Greggie 7 years
I bought one for my first and used it through him and my second, then bought another for my third. Considering the first went through two years of pumping three times a day M-F, I got more than my money's worth, so I bought the same model again. And you can sterilize the parts that touch the milk or just buy a whole new outer set for a lot less than a new pump. Renting can be very effective as well.
JennyJenJenMurph JennyJenJenMurph 7 years
I bought a really expensive Medela Pump 'N Style and then ended up not being able to breastfeed (a preemie combined with a VERY low supply). I pumped for a while and supplemented with formula until I realized that I was missing tons of bonding with my son while I sat and pumped with a machine. We switched to exclusive formula and made mom and baby much happier!
macgirl macgirl 7 years
I was given one (actually the same model in the picture) as a "hand me down". If you buy new parts, basically all the parts that touch the breasts including the tubing it isn't like what anonymous said. I also gave the pump to a new young mom and purchased the parts for her. The parts alone are like $90 but it is such a good pump. Hopefully she'll have more kids or pass it on in the same tradition.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I couldn't possibly imagine renting one....that just doesn't seem right....mine was given to me for my shower.
Jules1976 Jules1976 7 years
I actually bought 2. I kept one at home, and one at the office. Expensive, yes, but it kept me from lugging it back and forth, and the inevitable forgetting it somewhere. Mommy-brain is very real, people!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
My sister got me mine for my shower, and was very grateful. My boyfriend now husband just couldn't understand why I would want to spend $300 on a pump, he didn't realize that it would pay for itself vs the cost of buying formula.
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