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Old 07-29-2009, 10:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,

I am going to have to go back to work shortly after giving birth and will need to pump. I have heard that there are some places that actually give pumps for free or extremely low cost in md. Does anyone know where to get one? Any to look out for that are wonderful/horrible? I would need an electric one.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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The WIC around here gives the Bailey III which is ok but can be a real pain since you have to use your finger to create suction.

How much is your budget?
The Evenflo double that just got released in Feb is much better than it used to be, and it might work. You can get a Lansinoh which is Ameda and a strong motor for $125-$150. Factor in the cost of formula instead, and it's really a bargain!
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I've had great success buying used Medela Pump-in-Style's off Craigslist. I've bought three ranging from $50 to $150.
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The bailey nurture III is not bad considering its free if you're a WIC BFing mother. I have not used them on myself but have helped other women with them and I feel like it gives you more control over some others. You can truly stimulate letdown with a pretty good baby like flutter if you roll and tap your finger right. If you're in PG county and a WIC mother call 301-856-9600 option5.
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Although it is technically not a multiple-user pump, getting a used PIS is likely your best bet- lots of people give them away or sell them for very cheap, and it's a good pump. Join your local parenting/neighborhood listserv and there are usually some being sold used.
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I do have to mention that with the PIS there is chance of bacteria going back into the pump (unlike the PY/Lansinoh), and even with new horns, etc, it's a risk you need to feel comfortable with.
One other mention is that used pumps sometimes have lower motor quality, and it might be worth it to get it checked out (I know GBMC's lactation people can check suction) to make sure you're really getting a good suction for baby.
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I would agree about the PIS not being a multiple user pump. I've heard some good things about the Hygeias...I think they are multiple user. Though I'm not sure how much luck you'd have with finding a used one since they are a newer company I believe.
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if you haven't already, check with your insurance company to see if they will pay a percentage of the cost.
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