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Pregnancy Tip Box and Explainer

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Milk Money

Should I buy or rent a breast pump?

If you plan to breastfeed for at least six months, buying a breast pump—which costs about $250 for a good one—is probably worth the investment. However, if you're on the fence, renting can be a good option (at just $50 per month) as long as you prepare to have one on hand before you go into labor. Many pharmacies and hospital supply stores rent breast pumps on a month-to-month basis. Locate one near the hospital as well as your home, and check their hours and rental fees. La Leche League, the international breastfeeding support group, has several dozen Illinois chapters and can provide rental information; find the closest group at lllusa.org. Lactation consultants (LCs) often rent pumps. Ask if your hospital has LCs on staff and what hours they work. Be prepared to call one on your own if needed after hours. BirthLink, the International Lactation Consultation Association, and Dr.MOZ all have listings of local LCs on their Web sites.

 

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