Have you heard about hospital grade breast pumps but need to know if you need one? Do you have questions about the difference between a hospital grade pump and a personal use pump? Are you considering purchasing a pump but not sure which one to get? There are few things you should know before purchasing a pump and before renting a personal use pump. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you are getting the pump that best fits your situation:
Hospital Grade Breast Pumps
Hospital Grade breast pumps are multi use rentals designed for mothers who are not able to latch their babies for a number of reasons not limited to but including:
• Babies in the Neonatal ICU
• Babies with medical conditions that prevent them from latching or latching effectively
• A temporary need to protect milk supply while working with lactation consultants
Hospital grade pumps differ from personal use pumps because they have s stronger strength, stronger motors, more durable and will allow moms to express the most milk possible. It is acceptable for multi use because it has a closed system which prevents cross contamination. You will need to purchase a kit for the pump.
Personal Use Breast Pumps
Personal use breast pumps are good for:
•Moms who are only separated from their babies for a short period of time such as a work day or a few hours away.
All personal use breast pumps are not created equally. Contact your insurance company before purchasing a breast pump. The Affordable Care Act requires private insurers to provide personal use breast pumps. Medicaid in the state of GA does provide coverage for breast pumps in most cases.
Now that you know the difference between hospital grade breast pumps and personal use breast pumps you are ready to make a decision. If you want to rent a hospital grade breast pump contact Mamas and Tatas at www.mamasandtatas.com. If you’d like a consult for breast pumps or a back to work consult contact us as well.
Kiana Ayers, RN, IBCLC
I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. I've been a teen mom, NICU mom, single mom, working mom, and a married mom. My experience as a mother is helpful as I provide you with support. I have been an IBCLC for 5 years helping hundreds of families meet their breastfeeding goals. In 2018 I was awarded the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for my work with Amerigroup leading their lactation program.
I am dedicated to supporting all women but have a special interest in the underserved community. I recently founded a non profit Ready Set Push with the goal of increasing access to quality childbirth education in the community.