My SIL just gave me her Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump. She was never able to breast feed (or pump for that matter) so it's unused minus an attempt or two that didn't work. It's been 2 years though, so even un-used, I think I need to replace things. I keep getting mixed results online - what do I need to replace?
Question part 2 - my insurance will not cover a Medela pump, for instance, but will cover a "Hospital Grade" breast pump, purchased directly from the doctor with a prescription. My OB just keeps saying, "Take the pump home from the hospital." Are the hospital pumps as good as the Medelas? Am I better off using a hospital pump? Ultimately, I need a very good pump that is automatic, does both breasts at the same time and is efficient for when I go back to work. The Medela was enticing to me because they're readily available, so if something goes wrong, getting replacement parts should be fairly easy. I'm not sure that would be true with a "Hospital Pump." Also, what are the "hospital pumps?" Is there some sort of hospital pump brand? lol, thanks!