Re: want to relacatate, but could use some input
A foot-powered pump- that's genius! So many moms out there wear out their hands with manual pumps and it makes it hard for them to want to pump long enough or often enough. Can you let us know the name of the device? It might help some other mom.
Your relactation goal is very reasonable. Yes, a hospital-grade pump and being able to pump all the time is ideal, but we don't live in an ideal world. I think the more often you use the pump,the faster you'll see results. Ideally, you'd be aiming for 8-12 pumping sessions per day- but if you can't manage that many, particularly on busy workdays, that's okay. Strive for the ideal, make do with the doable!!!
I would discuss pump options with your husband. $50/month for a hospital grade pump... He might surprise you and say that it sounds worthwhile, especially if you were very successful and you were able to cut down on your formula purchases. If you went through 1 less can of formula per month, you'd be saving around $20-30 every month. I'd also talk to your workplace about the pump- you might be able to steal away to the maternity ward and use one of their pumps, provided you purchased your own parts.
You might even want to consider buying a good double electric pump, like a Medela Pump in Style or Hygeia Enjoye. They're generally around $200-300, but compare that to the cost of a rental pump and you rapidly close the financial gap.
I would also contact your local La Leche League. Pumps are supposed to be single user medical devices. But know that a lot of pumps change hands between moms in the parking lot outside the LLL meetings!!! If you're comfortable with a lightly used pump, you might be able to get one for free.
Oh! One last option- the Affordable Care Act has a provision that requires that breast pumps be covered by insurance, and many plans are now covering free or reduced cost pumps. So call your insurance co!
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