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Pumping, Storing and Thawing Breast Milk

Pumping

  • Wash hands before pumping or expressing milk.
  • Pump or express several times throughout the day.

Where to find breast pumps to rent or purchase

Business Contact  Type of pump Approximate cost (2015)
Roulston’s Wellness Centre 65 Donly Drive North, Simcoe, ON  N3Y 0C2
519-426-8011 (ask for pharmacy)
Ameda – Elite and Platinum models
  • Elite dual kit is $65.00 $45 rental for first 15 days, $2.50/ day thereafter;
  • dual kit for Platinum model is $65, $60 for first 15 days and $3.50/day thereafter.
  • Delivery is available.

Note

  • Credit card required for monthly billing.
 Roulston’s Port Dover 414 Main Street, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
519-583-2100
 Ameda – Elite and Platinum models
  • Elite dual kit is $65.00 $45 rental for first 15 days, $2.50/ day thereafter;
  • dual kit for Platinum model is $65, $60 for first 15 days and $3.50/day thereafter.
  • Delivery is available.

Note

  • Credit card required for monthly billing.
Roulston’s Delhi 123 King Street, Delhi, ON N4B 1X9
519-582-1800
Ameda – Elite and
Platinum models
  • Elite dual kit is $65.00 $45 rental for first 15 days, $2.50/ day thereafter;
  • dual kit for Platinum model is $65, $60 for first 15 days and $3.50/day thereafter.
  • Delivery is available.

Note

  • Credit card required for monthly billing.
 Roulston’s Downtown Angela Hill
17 Norfolk St. South, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2V8
519-426-1731
dtroulstons@roulstons.com
Ameda- Dual Collection
  • 1st month rental is $147.50 and this includes the pumping kit
  • Pump rental (after 1st month) $75 monthly

Note

  • ID required
Dell Pharmacy Brantford (Dell Bartle’s) 260 St. Paul Ave. Brantford, ON N3R 4M7
519-756-6363
dellbrantford.ida@dt.pharmassist.ca
Ameda

Medela

  • Double pumping kit $55.99
  • First 10 days is $30
  • Pump rental $80 month

Note

  • Credit card required for identification
Rexall Home Health Care Welland (Lewis and Krall) 325 Thorold Rd Welland, ON L3C 3W4
905-732-1663
 Medela
  • Pump rental $80 monthly
  • Double pumping kit $89.99 Note
  • Will deliver to East Haldimand
Coward PharmaChoice 65 Broadway, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 3P9
519-842-4081
 Ameda
  • First 10 days is $30
  • Pump rental $75 monthly
  • Kit for one bottle $56.99
  • Kit for two bottles $89.99 Note
  • Credit card and Drivers licence required for identification
  • Do carry replacements parts
Rexall Drugstore and Home Health Care Fennell East & Upper Ottawa 1119 Fennell Ave. East Hamilton, ON
L8T 1S2
Phone: 905-385-7072
homehealthham@dellpharmacy.com
 Medela
  • Symphony
  • Pump rental $80 monthly
  • Pumping kit $59.99

Note

  • Credit card needed for identification
  • Shoppers Home Health
 Hamilton Mountain 1575 Upper Ottawa St (and Rymal) Hamilton, ON L8W 3E2
905-560-5661
 Medela
  • Pump rental $100 monthly
  • Kit- $79.99 Note
  • Need credit card for identification
  • Best to call before to be sure there are pumps in stock

Note

  • Taxes are not included in the above prices.
  • Some of the pharmacies do deliver. Some will assist with set up of the pump. When you call to book, ask if these services are available.

Storing

Breast milk Storage Guidelines

Room Temperature Cooler with 3 frozen ice packs Refrigerator Self-contained refrigerator freezer unit Deep freezer
Freshly expressed breast milk Max 4 hours at 66-72°F (19-22°C) 24 hours at 59°F (15°C) 3-5 days at 32-39°F (0°C) 3-6 months 6-12 months at 0°F (-19°C)
Thawed breast milk (previously frozen) Do not store Do not store 24 hours Never refreeze thawed milk Never refreeze thawed milk

Use containers washed in hot, soapy water, then rinsed well. You can also use plastic bags made for food or breast milk. The guidelines for storing breast milk are below (for full-term, healthy babies). Talk to your health care provider if your baby is premature or sick, as different guidelines need to be used.

  • Cool the fresh breast milk in the refrigerator.
  • Add the cooled milk to a container of already frozen milk.
  • Freeze in small amounts (2 – 4 ounces) to prevent waste.
  • The milk will expand as it freezes. Leave some room in the container for this. If using screw-top containers, do not tighten caps until milk is completely frozen.
  • Label each container with date.

Thawing and using Breast milk

  • Thaw breastmilk by placing container in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours, or put container in warm, running water.
  • Breastmilk can be fed cold, cool or warm – it doesn’t have to be body temperature!
  • Swirl to mix in fats that have separated (do not shake! Shaking can destroy proteins in the breast milk). Breast milk may look, smell and taste different when thawed. This is normal.
  • Discard milk remaining after feed (Once baby’s mouth has touched a cup or bottle, anything in the bottle is contaminated with bacteria and can possibly make baby sick if kept for a later feeding. Milk is a terrific place for bacteria to grow).