Breast Pump Decision Making Tool

We sell and rent breast pumps.  Whether you rent or buy, and if you buy, what type of pump you buy, is dependent on your situation and your needs.

For instance, if you will be pumping exclusively, or almost exclusively, for a short time (1-2 months) it will be most economical to rent a hospital grade pump.  But if you need to pump for a longer term, you may want to purchase your own pump.

Use the chart below as a guide to help you choose a pump to meet your needs.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us - we have trained breastfeeding educators on staff to help.

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You need...

To initiate, increase or maintain your breastmilk supply in the first eight weeks of your baby's life.

One or more of these situations may apply:

  • Your baby is in NICU and you need to establish a milk supply.
  • You need to increase your milk supply because your baby is not gaining enough weight or you have multiples.
  • You’re experiencing latching issues.
  • Rest is prescribed by your care provider due to sore nipples or other factors.
  • You must pump exclusively.

Recommended Pump(s)

Medela Symphony – Rental
The Symphony is a double-sided hospital-grade electric breast pump and is effective for frequent, long-term pumping.  It is quiet and very adjustable, to make pumping as comfortable as possible.

Click here for more information on renting a Medela Symphony.

To increase or maintain your breastmilk, after the first 8 weeks.

One or more of these situations may apply:

  • Your baby is not able to transfer milk from the breast.
  • You’re experiencing latching issues.
  • You need to increase your milk supply because your baby is not gaining enough weight or you have multiples.
  • Rest is prescribed by your care provider due to sore nipples or other factors.
  • You must pump exclusively for more than 3 months.

Medela Freestyle

The Freestyle is a double-sided electric breast pump with hospital grade suction strength, but designed for long-term personal use.  This pump is built to stimulate or maintain a milk supply and withstand frequent pumping.  If long-term exclusive pumping is needed, it may be more cost-effective to buy a Freestyle Pump than to rent a Symphony.

The Freestyle also comes with a backpack and accessories to enable hands-free pumping; it is quiet and powerful.

To pump more than 2x per day to supplement regular breastfeeding for an extended period.

You may be going back to work or school before your baby is 9 months old and taking substantial quantities of solid foods.

Medela Freestyle (see above) or Medela Pump-In-Style
As described above, the Freestyle is a powerful, full-featured pump.  The Pump-in-Style is a little more basic and not as quiet as the Freestyle, and it can't be removed from its back-pack, but it does come at a lower price point.

To pump occasionally (1 or 2 times per day) to supplement regular breastfeeding

You may breastfeed exclusively, but also require the ability to provide bottled breast milk so that someone else can feed your baby.

Medela Harmony or Medela Swing


The Harmony is a manual pump, it is a very cost-effective solution and allows for quiet, one-handed pumping.  You can pump while you are feeding your baby, saving time and allowing you to harness the power of your baby’s suck to generate a let-down!

The Swing is a little more expensive than the Harmony but it is electric and easier to use, allowing you to relax more and perhaps for your milk to flow better.