A common misconception is that the more you will be pumping, the more likely you are to need a hospital grade pump. A hospital grade breast pump is a pump meant for multiple users. The closed systems make them safe for mom’s to share, and that is why they are called hospital grade pumps– they are meant for mothers of NICU babies.
Personal use pumps are more widely available, less costly, and if a hospital grade pump is not necessary, are probably the better options (though you should consult your healthcare provider or physician in regards to what would be best for you).
Most hospital grade pumps are only available for rental due to the cost of these items. Aeroflow Breastpumps offers moms two of the top hospital grade breast pumps, the Medela Symphony and the Hygeia EnRiche.
A few differences between leading brands:
- Medela Symphony- offers 2-phase technology, designed for long-term daily use, you can either double or single pump. This model has adjustable speed/vacuum combinations, hands-free pumping options (you have to purchase the Easy Expression bustier separately), and all parts that come into contact with breast milk are BPA free.
- Hygeia EnRiche- closed system, built to protect baby from contaminants, allows for double or single pumping, adjustable speed and suction control. BPA and DEHP free.
Because of the health benefits of breastfeeding and the medical requirement of a hospital grade pump, many health insurance companies will cover the cost of a rental for a few months, or even for as long as medically necessary, at little or no cost to patients. To find out if you qualify for a pump, simply complete our three-step Qualify Through Insurance form. One of our Breastpump Specialists will contact you with your network status and breast pump options within 3-5 business days.
With so many breast pumps on the market, it can be very difficult to come to a decision about which is best suited to fit the needs of you and your baby. Consult your physician or lactation consultant, and do your research. Make sure to consider how long you plan to breast feed, and whether or not your insurance company will cover the cost of a hospital grade pump rental for that long (many insurance companies will not cover the purchase of a personal use pump and a rental of a hospital grade pump for the same birth, even with a mothers of multiples).
Take into consideration if you’re going to want to be able to transport the pump easily, how compact the item will be, what kinds of amenities you may need, etc. A great resource can be found here to guide you through many of these areas in the decision making process.
Just keep in mind, regardless of your situation or decision, that breast is best, and that’s what you’ve chosen to give you baby!