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#1 of 8 Old 05-15-2013, 12:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas! My mom has offered to buy my breast pump because she will not be able to attend my baby shower (I'm on the East Coast and she's in the Midwest). I will have to go back to work 6-8 weeks after my baby is born and breastfeeding is VERY important to me. I really want to establish good milk supply and keep breastfeeding/breastmilk from a bottle feeding for as long as my baby wants. I'm going to need a good pump!! Has anyone done any research? Experienced moms with suggestions? Thanks in advance and I wish all you preggo mamas out there a quiet day filled with my two favorite pregnancy things...naps and snacks! Nicole
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what a supportive mother! (both your mom's generous gift and your plans to EBF!)

 

Before having your mom buy a pump, it's worth checking to see if your health insurance will cover it. You may need to get a prescription and buy it through a medical supplier, but if that means $250 to spend on something else it's well worth it. Just call your insurance and ask.

 

Both the Medela Pump in Style and Ameda Purely Yours are double electric pumps suited to going back to work and generally well-regarded. Check the reviews section here (or Amazon etc) for more specific info.
 

as a side comment - I also have a mom in the midwest and live on the east coast, and she joined my shower by Skype. Not ideal, but she felt included and had fun.


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I agree with doing a little research before buying a pump at BabiesRUs or Target.

My sister got her pump paid for by her insurance company, I beleive her pediatrician wrote a prescription for it. It may be worth a call to your insurance company or something to ask your future pediatrician about.

I bought my Medela Pump in Style from a college bookstore. My husband was working for University of California and the campus bookstore sold them at a discounted price to staff & students (30% off retail I think).

Our hospital had a breastfeeding office that sold the pumps for less than retail (maybe 25% off) too. They also rented breastpumps and had lactation consultants on staff. The lactation specialist at the hospital was actually the one who suggested I purchase mine through the university. If you have a local lactation specialist, they may know of a few secret discounts you could take advantage of.

Its great that your mom is willing to gift this to you! If your eligible for a free or discounted pump it may put you in a position to ask for another baby necessity.
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I moved this to the Breastfeeding forum because it seems like a more appropriate topic for here.  The suggestions already made are great!




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Thank you so much for the advice! I called my insurance company and was thrilled to hear that I have 100% coverage for a Medela Pump in Style. If anyone is shopping definitely call your insurance. I have to get an Rx from my midwife and go to a specific medical supply store, but who cares! Its free:) take care mamas, Nicole
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I love my medela pump in style! I got mine for free from WIC

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I just got my insurance to cover a new pump to replace my trusty old one that seems to be wearing out. just waiting for it to be delivered sometime this week! I've always had good luck with the medela pisa.

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Ditto checking with your insurance company!!! I got a brand new medela breast pump.
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