I recomend to not get one for a few weeks, just because you might be tempted to pump alot instead of putting baby to the boob..
although, its good to pump if the baby sleeps thru a feeding.
I have state coverage, so I got one for free
It's not absolutely necessary. If you are a sahm it's definitely not necessary. It is nice if you are working or need a night out or going to school. Look into your insurance too. Mine covered my pump. I just went to a med supply company. I got a Medela and I am very satisfied. I've heard the more expensive the better the pump. You get what you pay for in pumps. But if you're my planning on using it muh you could go cheaper. But if you need it a lot you should invest in a good one.
My insurance bought me one from the hospital. It was a really nice one. I hardly ever used it and when I did, I never really got anything. I always got much more from hand expressing. You don't really NEED one unless you plan on pumping and working or something....
If u are going to work or know u will be away from baby then yes its great to have a pump.Nothing more worse for a caretaker than a crying hungry baby and nothing u can do for them. Keep in mind it is way easier for baby to suck from bottle than breast.