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Renting a hospital pump vs. buying a pump

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Renting a hospital pump vs. buying a pump

I hoped my insurance company would cover a breast pump but just found out they will not. Now I am wondering whether it would be best to rent a pump from the hospital or buy a good one? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I bought one with my last child but no longer have it, and don’t know much about the pros and cons of rentals.

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  1. It’s important to take into account how often you will use your pump. Exclusive pumpers and those who are pumping for NICU babies should definitely go the hospital pump route. Also moms who are battling low supply will want that too. If you are going to be pumping at work regularly but still nurse at home/weekends, have no supply issues, and have a healthy term baby than a double electric personal pump should be just fine (and they are more portable than the hospital ones!). However, if after using one you are having any supply issues or not responding well, you may need to upgrade to the hospital one after that, but most moms do just fine with personal use pumps! Even if your insurance doesn’t cover it (which is insane!), you may be able to get a tax write-off on it, so it might be worth looking into!

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    1. The portability aspect is huge! Especially for working or traveling moms, it’s great to have a pump that fits nicely in a bag without being obvious or too heavy.

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    2. The portability aspect is huge! Especially for working or traveling moms, it’s great to have a pump that fits nicely in a bag without being obvious or too heavy.

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    3. Didn’t know about the tax writeoff!

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  2. This is my first so I don’t know if I will have supply issues, etc. so should I wait to purchase a personal one to see what my experience in the hospital is?

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    1. Do you need a pump otherwise (ie are you going back to work). Many new moms think they need one regardless, but honestly if you are not going to be separated from your baby regularly I would say hold off. If you will need one b/c of work, etc than I would say go ahead and secure a personal double electric pump if your insurance covers it (because sometimes the paperwork/process takes a while and you don’t want it to be delayed!). If not, then you may want to wait to see how the first few weeks go to tease out what’s best for you. Good luck!

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  3. The tax write-off tip is great! Definitely checking with my accountant.

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  4. Read what the Affordable Care Act says about breastfeeding and breast pumps…insurance companies are required to cover one (maybe not the one you want, but one nonetheless).

    https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/breast-feeding-benefits/

    Per the government website:

    “Your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump – and may offer to cover either a rental or a new one for you to keep.

    Your plan may have guidelines on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, how long the coverage of a rented pump lasts, and when they’ll provide the pump (before or after you have the baby).

    But it’s up to you and your doctor to decide what’s right for you.”

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