Okay, so I am looking on CL for a medela breast pump and I came across one for 50.00. I am thinking woo-hoo GREAT deal. So, I call the lady and she tells me that she doesn't know what model it is cause it's the one WIC gave her. isn't the one WIC gives you a rental? or do you get to keep it? I always thought it was a rental.. and I certainly don't want to buy it if it is.
If its electric I think you do have to give it back. I dont know if she bought one cheap through them.. or if that is even possible...
they gave me a single sided elec. one to keep but they also lent me a hospital grade one while LO was in the NICU i never paid for anything
I think you have to give it back.
The electric one WIC gave me I got to keep. Its like unsanitary to share them or something. Thats what they told me in there!
i originally had a rental from wic, then they called me up and offered me a free pump in style, so that's what i have now, and i returned the rental, it was something they were doing back in august during national breastfeeding week.
they gave me one... in wisconsin (waukesha county) they give you an electric one, its really nice, when i was in the hospital a nurse came in and asked me if i had one i said no so she said that all i have to have to get one from wic (other than being enrolled in wic) was a paper from my pediatrician saying that im breastfeeding and the baby is getting full nutrition from it, and they delivered it to my house with a receipt, i wasnt suppose to give it back at all, i called and asked about it and they said you get one free one but its for the whole lifetime, so if you get one and get pregnant again and dont have the first one you cant get another one. so it might just depend on what your county does.
Never, ever, EVER buy a used breast pump -- even if it's from a trusted friend or family member. This is because diseases, infections, etc can become trapped in the pump parts. Even if you buy pump replacement parts, the milk travels through the central unit which cannot be replaced. The only kind of breast pump that is safe to share are hospital-grade pumps.
I have heard several testimonials of mothers receiving either single or double electric breast pumps from WIC. Most new moms who work or go to school full-time report being able to keep their pump. However, WIC regulations and availability might vary state to state, so I would recommend setting up a meeting with the WIC lactation consultant and inquiring about breast pumps and their availability.