While at Sibley, you may have the need to use a breast pump. We have Medela Symphony double-electric hospital-grade pumps available for use in Labor & Delivery
, and the Special Care Nursery
. Our staff can assist you in learning how to operate the pump.
Should you want to use a pump at home, we also sell Medela personal-use breast pumps and rent the Medela Symphony breast pump. Our staff can assist you in determining the best breast pump for your needs.
Commercial health care providers are required by law to allow breast pumps as a covered expense for lactating women. There is some variation with the co-pays depending on your insurance carrier and plan. Please contact your health insurance provider before you deliver and ask what pump is covered and where you can get it. Insurance companies have contracts with durable medical equipment (DME) providers. Sibley Lactation Services is not at DME. If you are interested in obtaining a breast pump through your insurance, Pharmaquip
, Johns Hopkins’ on-site Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider, may be able to assist you. Please note that not all insurance plans participate with Pharmaquip; we encourage you to contact your insurance company to inquire about your plan’s coverage for breast pump purchases and rentals.
To return a rental breast pump
If you have rented a Symphony breast pump from Sibley, please return it to the Volunteer Information desk in the main lobby of the hospital. A signature is required to return the pump, and the patient is financially responsible for the pump until this signature is obtained.
Returns are accepted weekdays (Monday -Friday) 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please note that there are no returns accepted on Sundays or holidays. If your pump rental contract ends on a Sunday or holiday, you may return the pump one day before or one day after without penalty.
Arrangements can be made to return the equipment by courier for a fee. Please contact the Lactation Services Department for details.