new breast pump?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2012
new breast pump?
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 5:30pm

I am new to exclusive pumping. I have struggled to nurse my 5 month old to the point that he is no longer gaining weight. I decided to try pumping to see if that helps and it is working great at getting him to gain weight. I had been pumping some before using an old Medela Pump In Style that a friend loaned me. I am barely making enough to feed him (breaking even or 1-2 oz under). I am wondering if I just have a low supply or if I need a new pump. I got advice from a friend to rent a hospital grade pump. When I went to the store to get it, the employee told me that there isn't really a difference in in electric pumps and it would be a waste of money to rent a hospital grade. He suggested that if I feel like my pump isn't working properly, I should just buy a new one. I've only ever used the Medela so if it isn't pumping properly, I wouldn't know. How do you tell when a pump is old and worn out? Even if I did buy a new one, I wouldn't know what to buy. The price range on electric pumps is huge. Does a more expensive one equal more milk supply?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-21-2011
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 11:08am

1-3 ounces per pump sesssion between both breasts is totally normal for someone who has been nursing until now.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-10-2012
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 12:09pm

Hi there.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2011
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 4:07pm

I would encourage you to go ahead and rent a hospital grade pump, at least for a few weeks, while you get used to EPing, work on getting your supply up, and consider your options for purchasing a pump.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2012
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 5:26pm

My cousin has a brand new breast pump that she got less than a year ago, but only used it twice because she didn't like it. She loaned it to me to use in the hopes that maybe it will help my supply because the parts are all newer. She brought it over today and it reeks of smoke. The toxins from the smoke are long gone, right? There is no way that the old smoke would contaminate the milk?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-19-2011
Sat, 02-18-2012 - 7:39am

There is a deffinate difference between a hospital grade pump and an over the counter pump!!!