Rent a hospital pump or just buy one?

(8 Posts)
rallytog1 Thu 28-Jan-16 16:34:41

I had dd2 a week ago and for various reasons I am needing to express - currently the main issue is encouraging supply but in the longer term I'll probably be mix feeding so will want to keep pumping so I can give ebm at times.

I've got a medela swing atm but could really do with a double pump to make the most of expressing time (I also have a pre schooler so time is limited!) - the hospital will rent me an Ardo Calypso (£35 for a month) but I've also seen the Ameda Lactaline and Spectra 3 are reasonably priced to buy on Amazon and get mostly good reviews.

So I wondered if anyone might have any wisdom they could share - should I rent the Ardo for now and then just go back to the Medela when my supply is more established, or is it worth investing a bit more in a double pump of my own?

Thanks smile

daluze Thu 28-Jan-16 19:03:48

Hospital grade pumps are generally more efficient and more suitable for establishing supply. If you tried the one that hospital offers to rent and it works for you, I'd go for it. In case you buy an expensive pump and then find out that you cannot express with it...

Laurenem Fri 29-Jan-16 08:43:05

The Medela swing is a hospital grade pump. I would maybe only hire if you're only looking to use it for a short period of time smile

Focusfocus Fri 29-Jan-16 14:07:09

eBay? Local Fb group? I bought a Medela single electric swing from a mums better recently and it's changed my life!

Focusfocus Fri 29-Jan-16 14:07:23

Mumsnetter*

slebmum1 Fri 29-Jan-16 14:08:49

When DTs were in SCBU they lent me the medela swing. In a different nice unit we were in they had a static pump like a milking machine! It wasn't any more efficient and super noisy so I would go for the swing of you can get one.

Tatie3 Fri 29-Jan-16 14:17:57

I used the Spectra 3 with my last baby and got on really well with it, all the tubes and parts are easily replacable so I'll be able to use it again for DS3 when he's born. The only downside is that it's slightly noisy but otherwise I'd really reccommend it.

rallytog1 Fri 29-Jan-16 15:14:14

Thanks for all your input. The Medela is fine for the longer term I think, but I just need to be able to pump both sides at once if possible (mine is only a single). I've gone ahead and hired the Ardo - if I need a double pump longer term I'll think again!

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