If your baby has been admitted to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for special care, you may not be able to breastfeed for a period of time due to your child's healthcare needs. But you can still pump and store your milk for use by your child when he or she is ready.
Electric breast pumps stimulate your breasts in much the same way a baby sucks, which will help to produce and maintain your milk supply. Your nurse can show you how to use the electric breast pump and can arrange for you to meet with a lactation specialist.
CHOP also offers a number of private rooms and areas throughout the Hospital where you can pump and save your milk. Your child's nurse can give you a pump kit and individual storage bins for the refrigerator and freezer to store your breast milk in. Your nurse will also show you the storage bottles and labels to use and how to label your breast milk.
For a list of locations and directions to private locations to pump your milk at the Hospital, see pump rooms.
It is also helpful to have a breast pump at home, since you will need to pump throughout the day and night. Electric breast pumps can be rented for use while you are at home and away from the Hospital.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia rents hospital-grade Symphony®, Classic® and Lactina® breast pumps, all made by Medela, and BabyWeigh™ scales. The pump kit you receive while your child is in the Hospital will work with these pumps.
Pump and scale rentals are available 7 days a week. To contact our rental station, please call 267-426-5325 and leave a message with your phone number. Appointments for rental pick ups and returns are made on an individual basis.
If you would prefer to rent a breast pump closer to your home, we recommend contacting these manufacturers:
Both companies will tell you where you can rent or purchase a breast pump closer to your home. Rates vary so it pays to shop around and compare prices.
Also check with your insurance company. Many will pay for the cost of an electric breast pump while your baby is in the Hospital and cannot breastfeed as he would at home. Check with your insurer first; they may even send a breast pump to your house.
Lactation specialists at CHOP are available to assist you. Please call 215-590-4442, or if you are in the Hospital, at extension 4-4442.
Reviewed by: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Date: August 2012