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Breastfeeding—expressing kits for electric breast pumps

The Australian Breastfeeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) hires electric breast pumps from some local ABA support groups. A trained ABA volunteer hires the pumps from her home. Hire charges vary depending on the type of pump, and whether you are an ABA member.

Information on hiring and costs can be found on the ABA website

Medela pump hire

Mater Mothers’ Hospitals have Medela pumps on their postnatal wards and a QR code attached to each pump can be scanned to provide a list of pharmacies in the Brisbane area who hire these pumps and accessories.

Local pharmacy

You can also contact your local pharmacy to enquire if they hire and/or sell pumps and kits.

Expressing kits for electric breast pumps (for mothers of babies in Mater's NCCU)

Mothers with babies in Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit can purchase expressing kits, at a reduced cost, for use with the hospital’s electric breast pumps and also for use at home with a hired pump. Each kit contains your preferred expressing attachments, cleaning instructions and 10 expressing bags with an instruction sheet on how to use the bags. 

Kits for use with hospital breast pumps only

  • Basic kit  

Kits for use at home with a hired breast pump

  • Symphony pump kit
  • Lactina pump kit—includes the basic kit, plus the pumping arm attachment. This kit will later convert to a hand pump for continued use.
  • Disposable kits—useful if you forget to bring your own kit into the nursery or your baby will only be in the nursery for a short stay. Can be used for 24 hours or eight expressions. 

Kits may be purchased from level 6 reception at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday between 7.30 am and 8 pm
  • Weekends and public holidays between 7.30 am and 3 pm.

Payment to be made at the time of purchase and a receipt will be issued. Please contact the Administration staff on level 6 reception to discuss costs of these items.

Things to Remember

  • If you have any problems with your kit please discuss it with the lactation consultant or the nurse caring for your baby.
  • To store expressed breast milk (EBM) you will need to label the bag with your baby’s identification sticker on which is clearly written: EBM, date and time (specify am or pm) and then initialled by you. Level 6 reception can print additional milk identification labels for you when needed.
  • If you are using your kit to express at home, you will need to bring it with you each day when visiting your baby, so you can express using the hospital’s electric breast pump. Alternatively, you can keep another kit in a labelled container by your baby’s cot.
  • After use your kit should be washed in hot soapy water, rinsed, air dried or pat dried with clean paper towel and stored in a plastic airtight container by your baby’s cot. Your container can also be used as your washing up receptacle but please dry the container before returning clean dry pump parts.
Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430169
Last modified 22/6/2017.
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