Q: Does our hospital having a Breast Pump Depot create a conflict of interest?
A: No, there is no conflict of interest. This is particularly true in light of the fact that patient choice will be honored. Patients are given the choice of who they would like to provide their equipment. If a patient chooses to obtain equipment from someone other than Breast Pump Depot, that choice will be honored. It is one of Breast Pump Depot’s goals to provide appropriate equipment in a timely fashion in the most convenient way possible for the patient. We believe this is consistent with the hospital’s care goals for its patients. Most hospitals in the U.S. already promote breast feeding through a number of initiatives (Texas 10 Steps, Baby Friendly). The Breast Pump Depot reinforces and is consistent with these efforts. The hospital has no financial stake in the provision of Breast Pumps through Breast Pump Depot, so there is no financial conflict.