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Old 12-24-2007, 01:41 AM   #1
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I have to return my wic pump soon. Its an ameda Engell (which doesnt work well for me at all). And im looking at trying to get a PIS advance. We are extremely low on funds, but this is a necessity to feed our babe (she cant tolerate formula).
Does anyone know the best place where i could get one cheap? If she would latch properly, this wouldnt be an issue, but regardless, i need this pump.

Any ideas mamas? Thanks!!

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Old 12-24-2007, 03:08 AM   #2
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you could check ebay?

Another suggestion I'd make is renting a hospital grade pump.. I've found they work so much better than home pumps. I know you don't keep them.. but it's also cheaper in the short run..
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:46 AM   #3
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when you return the hospital grade they will give you a double electric for keeps An ameda purely yours. It is a great pump, I used mine (from WIC) for nearly 18 months 3-4x day 5 days/week and now another mom has been using it pretty heavily for a while.
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:59 AM   #4
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you could check ebay?
don't buy this from ebay, I know firsthand that Medela will not honour the warranty if something goes wrong with the pump. pm me if u need more info
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Old 12-24-2007, 04:45 AM   #5
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Have you checked with your insurance company? Some will pay for you to purchase a pump especially if you can get a doctor to say the baby can't handle the formula. Or your insurance company may pay for the rental, mine didn't, but some do.

We rented a hospital grade pump for 5 months for $60 a month :-( In the long run, it would've been cheaper for me to just purchase the PIS outright. We finally got the Medela PIS and I couldn't be happier. There is no difference in the suction and it maintained my supply just as good as the hospital grade.

I've been exclusively pumping for 11 months so if you have any other questions, please feel free to PM me
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:14 AM   #6
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My hospital had one for cheaper than the stores There is also a website that sells them. It is on my favs, but I am at the wrong computer... You have to email them to get the prices b/c they can't advertise them, but I think it was around $260ish for the PISA. The hospital had them for $300. You can try your ins like the PP wrote Mine didn't cover it either though.
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:15 AM   #7
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I second not buying it from ebay though.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:57 AM   #8
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Re: Pump advice

Shockingly my hospital's lactation office also sold brand-new Medela PIS for significantly cheaper than I had found in stores. Plus, I was told several moms are able to get their insurance to pay for it if they can get either their own doctor to write a prescription for it, or their child's pediatrician. If nothing else, I would contact the lactation specialist because they sometimes also have a few "tricks up their sleeve" to get through insurance, or even help to get one subsidized by the hospital if you can show you already qualify for WIC or other such programs.
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