I just came to find out that I qualify for a free breast pump from my insurance. I can get either a manual, single-electric, double-electric, or get this: hospital grade! At no cost to me. Immediately, I think, well heck, I want the hospital grade one if it's going to be free, but I do realize that these things are not actually free and come at an expense to someone.
So here's my question. I have an Ameda Purely Yours, similar to Madela PIS, I guess (except I liked it better since it has a "closed system"). The Ameda started to slow down with LO #2, and I can't be sure that it will be performing optimally for baby #3. However, I am not currently working and don't know if I'll even get a job before #3 is done nursing and I am kind of thinking #3 will be my last one. So I'm wondering if I should get the pump at all or if that would just be greedy? I know I will pump for sure for DH feedings and for times when I just can't be with LO. Also do I go for the hospital grade just because I can? LO #1 did not gain weight for almost 2 weeks when I first nursed, so I do have a history of inefficient nursing, but all in all it worked out in the end without a hospital grade pump. I'm just thinking this thing will be quicker and more efficient. Any leftover milk that I don't use with #3, I plan to donate to a mother's milk bank. And I will likely donate or sell both pumps when I am done. If I get one for free, I will definitely donate!
I know this is kind of rambling here, but it's been an internal struggle that I thought maybe you ladies could help with.