Breast Pump Rentals
You can rent hospital-grade breast pumps from many pharmacies in Winnipeg. Call ahead to check prices and availability. You will need to purchase a “collection kit” when you rent the pump – a package that contains the parts of the pump that will come into contact with your milk. You can buy the kit when you rent the pump. This list from Youville Centre is a good start, though it’s a few years old and some of the places listed no longer exist or offer rentals.
I had an excellent experience renting a pump (Medela Symphony) at Meyer’s Drugs. The service was great and I noted they stocked a large selection of pump parts for both Medela and Ameda brand pumps.
Bean Family Wellness offers breast pump sales and hospital grade rentals (Ameda Platinum Pump) with complimentary delivery and pick-up to South Winnipeg and select towns in Southern Manitoba. They also sell nursing teas, and pumping accessories (pumping bras, etc.).
Sometimes we nursing mamas need a little help boosting our milk supply. Substances that aid in lactation are called galactagogues, and your public health nurse, midwife or doctor may recommend them to you. Here are some common ones and where to get them.
- Fenugreek & blessed thistle capsules are generally available at all health food stores (Vita Health, Sunrise, Sangsters, etc). I have also seen them at Bulk Barn (in their vitamins/supplements section) and in the natural sections of larger Superstores (the best prices I have seen are at Superstore). You can also buy the dried herbs in bulk from Hollow Reed Holistic.
- Earth Mama brand Milkmaid tea is available at Vita Health and other health food stores.