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Well... I didn't find the cost worth it since I got my Pump In Style Advanced for about $220 or so new... so less than 4 months of the rental and I planned on pumping at work for 9 months.
Is there any reason you think your supply won't be up to par? Have you been pumping some while you've been home? If you already have a double electric pump you know you respond well to, I'd just stick with that. If you find it's not working well while you're at work then you can try out the hospital grade one, or you can try some of the tricks for boosting milk supply.
Oh and I think one of the more important things about being able to keep up with your baby milk-wise is not to overfeed them on pumped milk. Kellymom has studies that support that from 1 month - 6 months the average 24 hour daily intake is only 25oz. So on average, baby only needs 1oz/hour they are away from you. They should be given small bottles to mimic a nursing session. My DD got 12oz each day over 4 bottles and I was away from her 11 hours each day. It was hard at first, but other comfort methods can be used instead of just a bottle all the time. I think that sometimes feeding a baby is the easiest way to calm it down, even though it may not *always* be necessary (obviously, I'm not saying to starve your baby!).
bob, at 2 months, still never gets more then 2 ounces at a time at daycare, and I never send more then ounces per hour she'll be there. and I also tell them not to give her a bottle for 1 hour before I get off work. so she'll be ready to nurse once we get home.
I usually am able to pump what she eats plus 2-6 ounces extra. depending how much she ate that day. so I can keep up and still have stuff to freeze each night for later on.
my best advice. don't stress. usually the more we stress the harder it is.
I had a hospital grade pump that I rented, it was 60 bucks a month. I just brought it back last week. My supply took a huge hit when Colton was about 4 weeks and I was barley getting 2-3 oz total when pumping, the pump helped me get my supply back up- now I get anywhere from 4-9oz depending on the time of day. Now I'm using a friends PIS (I just bought new tubing and everything) and it is a MILLION times easier to bring to work. I don't see a big difference in the output between the two pumps.
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I would suggest that you start pumping now while at home so that you can get used to the pump. It takes a few sessions for you to get a really good let down with a pump. Also, just make sure to be on a good pumping schedule while at work. I'm fortunate to have a great schedule at school that works great with pumping. If you don't have scheduled breaks, set an alarm to remind you so you don't get busy and forget.
I use a PIS though and things have been great and I've been back at work over a month now!
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