Used breast pump?

I've been offered used breast pumps by friends.  I feel I would only need it for five months since, when I go back to work, I can use the office's lactation rooms with hospital grade pumps.  So it would be nice to save a couple of hundred bucks.  But I know used pumps are a subject of some debates.  Would you use a used breast pump if you knew its previous owner? 

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 3:50 am
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I personally would not use a used pump, even if I know the previous owner.  It just freaks me out to think about the contamination between users.  Have you checked with your insurance to see if it is covered? Depending on the brand of the pump, some are are made for multi users so I would suggest looking into the brand. 


I have seen you tube videos on how to clean and change the tubing on the Medela pump, so there is plenty of information out there if that is the route you choose to go!


Good Luck!


 

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 3:57 am
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I will be getting a new one.
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 5:08 am
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Also check your insurance coverage...I think most are covering them starting in Jan
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 6:50 am
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Yes, I would have, I gave my pump to a friend when I was finished with it.

All you need to do is sterilise all of the parts and it's fine. I bought new tubes and cups and she bought new bottles so the only thing that was really 'used' was the machine itself and it doesn't come into contact with the milk
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 8:23 am
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I'm considering borrowing my SIL's pump and replacing all the parts like canooknic suggested. 

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 11:27 am
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Only if its a lansinoh double electric or ameda purely yours because its a sealed system so milk doesnt get into the pump. But they are only about a hundred so it would be fine just to get a new one. The ameda is awesome awesome awesome and current,y a steal on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004E9SW7G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004E9SW7G&linkCode=as2&tag=babycheap-20

Plus you might want to use it on weekends or when you travel and its pretty compact.
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm
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Is that what you have Mare?

Yes ladies...the Medela Pump in style isn't a sealed system...so even if you replace parts it could still be contaminated of have milk that "back flows" into the system....

I just know for me personally, I want a new one, no matter what brand...this will be our one and only child.
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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I have the lansinoh double electric which is the same motor and system but just different labeling/packaging as the amedapurely yours. Still haven't figured out why both are the same but different packaging?
Posted on October 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm
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I was offered a used pump by my DH cousin and I politely accepted knowing I wouldn't use it - it was easier to just say yes then to say it freaked me out lol

One thing to keep in mind don't open your pump until you are sure that breast feeding is for and that you even can. Some women unfortunately can't. I was one that hated breast feeding so even though breast is better then formula a happy mommy is better over all, I knew by Day 3 I hated it. Plus, G had jaundice so I had to supplement with formula and once he had the bottle he wasn't willing to work for the boob. I bought the one WM has so I was able to sell it on Craig's List since its a contained system but had I not opened it I could have returned it.

I also read that the Medelas can grow mold in the tubes since the back flow

Or you can rent a hospital grade for around $45 for a month to help you decide :-)
Posted on October 28, 2012 at 6:44 am
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I used my sister's PIS but she is the only one I would have used a used up pump from. That's awesome your work has hospital grade pumps- but you might want one at home to pump on the weekends too. I would look at manual pumps if you really don't want to spend a lot, but I've heard awesome things about the one Mare posted. Another thing about pumps is that they lose suction so they say after use for one child (if you are a working mom using it multiple times a day) you shou,d really get a new one.
Posted on October 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm
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thanks for the tips ladies.  I'll check the other brands out.

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 5:39 am

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