It almost goes without saying here that you get what you pay for, and buying a breast pump is no exception to the rule. Quality is everything when it comes to a breast pump.
When I was pregnant and knew that I wanted to nurse my child, I researched what I thought would be the best pump and would go the distance. For me, that was a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack, with a lovely price tag at the time of $299.
Now, if you are lucky like I was, my parents gifted that to me as one of my baby shower gifts. Talk about a sigh of relief. If you are not as lucky, and have to foot the bill yourself but are hesitant because of the price tag, you have a few options here:
1.Look into your health insurance providers’ breastfeeding coverage policy on paying for a new breast pump. One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, according to Healthcare.gov, is that most “Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding”.
2.If your health insurance does not cover this cost, your doctor can write you a “prescription” for a hospital grade breast pump. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well I got a first hand look at how much those rental prices were after my sister had her son, and let me tell you, it ranged anywhere from $25-$75 monthly! In less than three months you could save up enough money to buy your very own hospital grade pump brand spanking new. Those prices are what eventually led me to the last option.
3.Search eBay! Now, I know that some may frown upon this because if it’s not new in a sealed box it can’t be guaranteed right? Well, that is true. Buying a used pump in most cases means losing any claim to a warranty on the product, Medela will be the first to tell you that. But, if you are searching eBay for something, chances are you already knew that caveat in the first place.
In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a “gently” used pump from another Mom on the Internet who is willing to sell it to me. I bought my sister the same exact pump that I have through a seller on eBay who only used her pump for six months.
Not only did she include all of the attachments, she included many extra’s like bottles, nipple creams, storage bags, and guess what, she even gift-wrapped it all! How much did it cost you ask? $100, yes, you read that right. My nephew is now 8 months old and that pump is still going strong.
For those of you who might think that buying a used breast pump is “gross”. Remember this, the money is in the motor of the pump, not the parts. You can buy brand new tubing and shields and never have to worry about using parts that touched another mothers tatas.
If you are still hesitant to buy a quality pump even after all that I have shared, remember this little tidbit of info: you can claim breastfeeding supplies on your tax return! Read this awesome article on whattoexpect.com for more info on that.
Good luck on your breast pump search!