Local breast pump hire

You can hire pumps directly from the manufacturers Ardo or Medela.

There are some local schemes available including a free handpump or electric pump on loan if you access the Healthy Start programme. Other families will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Infant Feeding Team. Families can be referred by a professional such as a breastfeeding champion, health visitor or other health professional via the referral form. Parents will be asked to complete an evaluation form to help us monitor and improve the scheme.

You can search for venues near you that offer pumps using the map below.

Locations for breast pump scheme

Nearest First

Greenfields Family Hub

03000 412 987 Rutland Way, Maidstone, ME15 8DR

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East Malling Family Hub

03000 418008 Chapman Way, East Malling, West Malling, ME19 6SD

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Folkestone Family Hub

0300 041 9727 Dover Rd, Folkestone CT20 1QF

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New Romney Family Hub

0300 042 0000 Craythorne Ln, New Romney TN28 8BL

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Newlands Family Hub

03000 411042 Dumpton Lane, Ramsgate, CT11 7AJ

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Newington Family Hub

03000 411043 Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, CT12 6HX

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Cliftonville Family Hub

03000 421129 St. Pauls Road, Cliftonville, Margate, CT9 2DB

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Birchington Family Hub

03000 411 210 Park Lane, Birchington, CT7 0AS

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Chantry Family Hub

Ordnance Road, Chantry Grounds, Gravesend, DA12 2RL

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Lawn Family Hub

03000 42 11 25 Lawn Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 9HB

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Shears Green Family Hub

0300 042 0895 13 Packham Rd, Northfleet, Gravesend DA11 7JF

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Waterside Family Hub

0300 041 8700 Turner Cl, Ashford TN24 0PQ

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Brockhanger’s Family Hub

0300 041 8600 Phoenix Community Primary School,10 Belmont Rd, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9LS

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Castle Hill Family Hub (Folkestone & Hythe Health Visiting)

0300 042 0893 Denmark St, Folkestone, CT19 6EQ

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Murston Family Hub

03000 420 896 Tonge Road Sittingbourne Kent

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Woodgrove Family Hub (Swale Health Visiting)

03000 42 08 98 Johnson Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 1JS

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Buckland Family Hub

03000 414941 St Nicholas Church The Linces Dover Kent

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Deal Family Hub

03000 420 008 Deal Family Hub, Park Avenue, Deal, CT14 9UU

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Aycliffe Family Hub

03000 420882 Aycliffe Primary School St Davids Avenue Aycliffe Dover Kent

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Wincheap Family Hub

03000 410 014 Wincheap Primary School Hollowmead Canterbury Kent

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Swanscombe Family Hub

03000 415600 Coopers Road Swanscombe Kent

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Dartford Family Hub

03000 411049 Oakfield Lane Dartford Kent

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Briary Family Hub

03000 420897 Greenhill Road (West) Herne Bay Kent

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Millmead Children’s Centre

0300 0134740 Dane Valley Road, Dane Valley, Margate, CT9 3RU

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Sherwood Family Hub (Tunbridge Wells Health Visiting)

Temple Grove Academy, Friars Way, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3UA

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Southborough Family Hub (Maidstone Health Visiting)

Southborough Family Hub, Stagshaw Close, Maidstone, ME15 6TL

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Deal Breastfeeding Group at St Georges Church

St Georges Church, St Georges Road, Deal, CT14 6BA

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Baby Umbrella at Otford Village Memorial Hall

Otford Village Memorial Hall, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ

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Milton Court Family Hub

Milton Court Family Hub, Brewery Road, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne ME10 2EE

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Snodland Family Hub (Tonbridge and Malling Health Visiting)

Snodland Family Hub, Holmesdale School, Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS

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Dartford Valley Community Rugby Club

Dartford valley community rugby club, Cotton Ln, Stone, Greenhithe DA2 6PD

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Baby Umbrella at Otford Village Memorial Hall

Otford Village Memorial Hall, 28A High St, Otford, Sevenoaks TN14 5PQ

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Longmead Family Hub (Tonbridge and Malling Health Visiting)

0300 1233017 Longmead Family Hub , Waveney Rd, Tonbridge TN10 3JU

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Knockhall Family Hub (Dartford Health Visiting)

0300 123 2075 Knockhall Family Hub, Abbey Road Greenhithe, Kent , DA9 9HD

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Kings Farm Family Hub (Gravesend Health Visiting)

0300 123 2076 Kings Farm Family Hub, Cedar Ave, Gravesend DA12 5JT

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Margate Family Hub (Thanet Health Visiting)

0300 0134740 Margate Family Hub, 201 High Street, Margate, CT9 1WH

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Kingsmead Family Hub (Canterbury HV Team)

0300 7900 156. Riverside Children's Centre, Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, CT2 7PH

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Cheriton Family Hub (Folkestone & Hythe Health Visiting)

0300 123 1240 Cheriton Family Hub, Chart Road, Folkestone, CT19 4PN

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Seashells Children Centre (Swale Health Visiting)

0300 123 4014 Seashells Children Centre, Rose Street, Sheerness, ME12 1AW

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Herne Bay Family Hub (Canterbury Health Visiting)

0300 7900 156 Herne Bay Family Hub, Memorial Park, Kings Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5RG

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Parkwood Family Hub (Maidstone Health Visiting)

0300 555 0506 Parkwood Family Hub, Furfield Close, Parkwood, ME15 9JR

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Baby Umbrella at Christ Church

Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1UT

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Bump, Baby and Beyond at Castle Connections

Castle Connections, Well Road, Queenborough, ME11 5AY

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Baby Umbrella at Tonbridge Baptist Church

Tonbridge Baptist Church, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, TN10 3HZ

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There may be times when you need to express your milk including in the early days if you are separated from your baby, if you are trying to increase your milk supply or to relieve engorgement. Some women might hand express colostrum before their baby arrives. Later on you might express milk if you need to leave your baby for a time.

Find more information on how to give your baby your expressed milk on our bottle-feeding and other ways to feed your baby page.

Hand expressing

You may find it easier to express milk by hand, especially in the first few days or weeks. With hand expressing you can express without needing a pump or an electricity supply.

Hand expressing also allows you to encourage milk to flow from a particular part of the breast. This may be useful, for example, if one of the milk ducts in your breast becomes blocked.

Different types of breast pumps

Breasts and nipples come in different sizes and shapes so it’s important to choose the right pump for you. Your pump may come with a standard-sized flange, which may not be the best fit for you and could lead to pain and discomfort. The flange is the part of the breast pump that comes into contact with your body when placed onto the breast and nipple, forming a vacuum seal with the areola. It fits correctly when:

  • your nipple is centred within the tube
  • no parts of your nipple rub against the sides
  • little or no areola is pulled in when the pump is turned on.

Often manufacturers do have other sizes available and some come with more than one option.

Manual hand pump

Manual pumps have a lever you pump to draw milk out by suction. They’re usually the cheapest type of pump. Although they can take longer to work than electric pumps, they can be a good option if you don't plan to pump often. They don't usually take up much room so can be easy to transport.

Silicone suction breast pumps

These are hands-free and use no electricity. As you feed on one side, you can place the pump on the other breast to collect milk while you feed. This type of pump collects the let down and also draws some milk from the breast. It doesn’t actively pump the breast so it’s only useful for expressing the occasional bottle. If you have a lower milk supply, this pump might lack the power you need to draw out a sufficient amount of milk.

Personal use electric pumps

You can buy single or double pumps. A double pump can be useful as you can express both breasts at the same time. A personal electric pump can support draining your breasts if your baby is struggling to do so or if you want to express regularly to give your baby expressed breastmilk.

Hospital grade pumps

These are double electric pumps. They are hardwearing and work using a “closed-system”. This means they have barriers in place to prevent milk and other fluids from entering the machine so they can be used by multiple families. They typically have a stronger pump suction so are often recommended for those who need help with their supply.

Hands on' pumping combines massage with pumping, which can be useful to encourage more milk during your pumping session. It can take a little bit of practice to get used to hands on pumping, but it can be a very useful technique, especially if you’re pumping to support or increase your milk supply.

Spice and baby Nelly, from Gravesend

''It makes me very proud when I look down at my daughter and see that she is happy and healthy because of me and only me!"

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