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Renting a breast pump – is this a better option for you?

A lactation consultant shows a woman how to use the Medela Symphony breast pumpWhen you are considering using a breast pump you have two options – renting or buying. So how do you decide which option is the best for you?

There are a number of things you will need to consider including how often you’ll need to use the pump and how much time you’ll have to do so.

If you’re considering using a breast pump to give your baby an occasional bottle of expressed breast milk (EBM) then you might consider buying a small, handheld manual or electric single pump.

However there are also many reasons you might prefer to rent your breast pump rather than buy such as feeding your baby EBM exclusively, milk supply problems or returning to work.

Reasons to rent a breast pump rather than buy

Renting a breast pump means that you can access a trusted professional hospital-grade double breast pump so you can express milk more efficiently. This is particularly useful if you are in one of the following situations:

  • You are feeding your baby EBM exclusively.
  • You are returning to full-time work and need to pump quickly and efficiently while you are at work.
  • You would like to try out a breast pump before you commit to buying one.
  • You’ve had a multiple birth and have been advised to express breast milk to help supply.
  • You want to keep using the approved hospital-grade pump that you were using in the maternity unit.
  • You want to use the breast pump that was recommended to you by your doctor or midwife.
  • You would just prefer to rent for financial or other reasons.

Why rent the Medela Symphony Electric breast pump?

The Medela Symphony Electric breast pump is Medela’s trusted professional hospital-grade double breast pump, developed in partnership with the University of Western Australia.

It can be rented through various retailers, pharmacies and hospitals and has the following features:

  • Due to its unique 2-Phase Expression Technology, the pump imitates the natural sucking behaviour of newborns at the mother’s breast.
  • It is comfortable to use.
  • Studies have shown that the Symphony generates more milk in less time.
  • It is operated by one knob which makes it very simple to use.
  • It is safe and clean as it has a protective membrane that separates the pump set from the pump mechanism – to prevent overflow. This means it meets strict hygiene standards for hospital use.
  • It is reliable, research-based and market-tested.
  • It is flexible and can adapt to the individual needs of the user.
  • It is gentle on the delicate tissue of the breast – which is important if you have sore or cracked nipples or mastitis.
  • It can be used for single and double pumping.

This blog post is sponsored by Medela

You can find a breast pump rental location close to you by visiting the Medela website. Visit

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