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Sharing Breast Pumps

Did You Share Your Breast Pump?

With baby formula costing parents about $1 an ounce, it is no wonder many new moms are making the decision to nurse their newborns. But breastfeeding isn't always a free ride. Most new moms think that the car seat, crib and stroller will be their major investments, but breast pumps don't come cheap either.

Though some women opt to rent pumps from their hospital, 67 percent of LilSugar readers opted to buy their own, and the contraptions can cost as much as $300. Breast pumps from major companies, such as Medela, come with warnings that they are not to be shared or used by other women, though some women do share them, buying accessory packs and modifying the tubes themselves. The Hygeia EnJoye ($260) is designed to be the first reusable personal pump, with additional pumpers simply purchasing their own personal accessory set ($35). Did you share your breast pump with someone, or borrow one from a friend?

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MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 7 years
I'm super frugal but this is one thing I insisted on buying new. Since this is ALL my son was consuming for his first 6 months or so, I wanted to be sure. Cost of formula for a year versus the cost of a pump? Not that bad. (Planning to pump for at least another 6 months or so.)
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
most of the really expensive ones, like the ones you rent, the breastmilk goes nowhere near the machine and you buy a new set of tubes, cups, etc to go with it, so i don't see any reason not to borrow those ones. I rented both of mine from the health department becuase I don't have 650 bucks to throw down on a breast pump, especially considering i only used them for 2 months.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
My friend gave me a nice Medela one in the shoulder bag. All I had to do was get new tubes and sanitize the other parts. She saved me like 200 bucks.
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Man, pumps are so expensive! After my son was born, we ran out to get one of the Medela ones and then I hardly made any breast milk so I struggled with it for like 6 weeks and then gave up. I lent it to my cousin and she bought all new supplies to go with it.
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