Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Medela Symphony: The End of an Era

In the hospital, at least when you have a preemie, they encourage you to pump and pump and pump your breast milk. This I did, first unsuccessfully. Then I got a few drops of colostrum, which the NICU nurses mixed into formula. I was always told "If you get a drop, bring us the drop." Eventually, I got a few mls of colostrum and then, one day after *I* was discharged from the hospital, my breast milk came in and for one brief morning before my Medela Symphony breast pump rental arrived, I looked like a porn star.

Breast pump

The Medela Symphony, as far as I can tell, is a hospital grade breast pump. You can rent one readily through various medical supply outlets -- because Paloma was a preemie, insurance covered a three-month rental -- and you can buy one, though they cost roughly $1,500. If you count the weeks, you'll notice that our rental is just about up. Luckily, our insurance then covers the cost of replacing the rental with a Medela Pump In Style Advanced. In other words, insurance buys me a brand new breast pump valued at roughly $270. Nice, right?

The thing is, though, that I'm going to miss my Medela Symphony. It's what I used in my hospital room and then in the NICU. You might say it's my last connection to the time when Paloma was in the special care nursery. Tedd thinks this is bizarre -- as he puts it, I'm "nostalgic for what was a very stressful time." But as stressful as it was, I have such good memories of all the wonderful nurses in the NICU (especially Genie and Richard, our two favorites). We learned a lot when Paloma was there, and going back and forth for feedings and cuddle time was an interesting experience.

No, I wouldn't want to have another preemie -- and will likely have to get weekly hormone shots next pregnancy to prevent it -- but seeing my fancy breast pump go will still be a little sad.


  1. Oh, say: Our insurance covered replacing my Symphony rental with a Medela Freestyle! Perhaps yours would give you that option, too. I have also tried a Pump-In-Style, and I have to say, I am very much a fan of the Freestyle. Just email me if you want more info. :)

  2. Lucky! We basically got what we got, which was the backpack-style PIS. Then again, I didn't have to pay for it, so I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth!

  3. Oh
    Insurance helped cover rental????????????????? I saw that and my brain went fuzzy. They would have told me...right? Because. I had a welfare pump. I can't say enough horrifying things about it; I'm still traumatized.

    1. I honestly don't know. Our insurance... you do not want to know what percentage of our income it eats, ugh.


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