Hospital Grade Breast Pump Rentals & Personal Purchase Pumps
BCHM has partnered with a Seattle-based company, Nurturing Expressions, to provide our clients with convenient access to breast pumps. Whether you are planning ahead, or find yourself in a situation where you need a pump quickly, we can help you get what you need easily, usually by the time you leave our office from your visit! Both the Medela Symphony and Lactina hospital grade pumps are on hand at all times! Insurance is billed as appropriate, but coverage varies by plan significantly. Should insurance not cover the cost of a rental, the pumps are also available at a private pay rate. Haven't gotten your personal use pump yet through your insurance? We may be able to help you with that! We stock both the medela pump-in-style starter kits as well as the pump-in-style tote. For more information on breast pumps call our office.
Pumping Frequently Asked Questions- Below are some common questions we get from mothers. Our answers are not intended to be comprehensive, rather to give you a starting place in addressing common questions.
Do I really need a pump?- If the baby is feeding well and gaining weight, then there isn't a need to pump. Many moms do eventually want to pump to have milk for a bottle if they are away.
When should I start pumping?- There is no need to start pumping right away unless your baby is having trouble gaining weight, there are issues with latch or low supply. For these and any other issues, see your Lactation Consultant.
Are some pumps really better than others?- Yes, some pumps do work better than others. Each mom has a different circumstance, so it is important to get the pump that best suits your needs.
My nipples hurt when I am pumping, what am I doing wrong?- Sore nipples can come from either the wrong flange size, or too much suction. We recommend lubricating the flanges lightly with coconut oil, decrease suction and use hands-on-pumping techniques.
How do I clean my pump?- Clean the parts that come in contact with milk using hot soapy water and air dry ( or use dishwasher) after every use and boil once a day for 10 minutes to sterilize. You do not need to clean the tubes that connect to the pump.
Can I pump in my car?- Yes, you can pump in your car, but you will need a cooler system of some sort to transport the milk as well as your pump parts. Be sure that the ice packs are frozen to keep it below 59F before getting it to a refrigerator or freezer. Some women like to use nursing covers for privacy while pumping in their car.
I know I have enough milk, but I don't seem to get as much out when I pump, what should I do? - Babies are much better pumps than anything mechanical, but there are a few things you can do. First, have either your baby close or their photo, blanket etc. Your body will respond to their image. Next, use your hands to help your pump empty well and not just rely on the suction (for a great video on hands-on-pumping click here). Frequency is more important than duration, so shorter focused pumping sessions are helpful. Sometimes it is helpful not to look at or judge the volumes of milk. Pump, put it away and go from there. Too much stress can negatively affect your supply.
I am going back to work, how do I start pumping to build up a stash of milk?- Many moms start to pump around 3-4 weeks postpartum to begin increasing supply for a "stash". Pump after the first 1 or 2 feeds in the morning when there is more milk and after the last feed before bed if able. Pumping sessions only need to be about 5-10 minutes long. Doing this will allow you to build up small amounts at a time and not take away from your baby in the mean time. Check out Workandpump.com for some additional information.
My pump was working great, but now it doesn't seem to get anything out anymore. Is it broken?- Often the first thing to change is the white membrane (or similar part that creates the suction- every pump is a little different). Those wear out over time and can influence the efficiency of the machine. Pumps do have a life span, so if it started out as a used pump, you might need to get a new one through your insurance or self pay.
We would love to help answer these questions further and any others you may have. Click here to schedule an appointment or call us at 360-526-2185