Would you buy a used breast pump?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you buy a used breast pump if you were confident it could be cleaned/sanitized?
    Yes : (17 votes)
    27 %
    No : (34 votes)
    54 %
    Maybe - let me explain : (12 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 2
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    7536 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    No, because I got mine free through my insurance.

    Post # 3
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    1089 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    You can get all new hoses, flanges, cups, basically everything that touches your milk and boob. I would buy a used pump motor and just replace those parts and you’ll be all set.

    Post # 4
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    3775 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I have bought a used one tiwce (sold the first one because we thought we were done). Both times I bought pumps that were used for about a year and haven’t had any problems. As long as you buy new accesories you should be fine.

    As far as insurance goes mine just covers manual pumps:( but still worth checking.

     

    Post # 5
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    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I believe closed system breast pumps are better to buy used. But like some of the other bees said, if you have insurance, they may cover the pump fully or with some out of pocket costs. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    The_Future_KB:  contact your insurance company and ask you ob/gyn! The Affordable care act is now covering them! Personally I would never purchase a used one. 

    Post # 7
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    1061 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m borrowing one from my bff, but will buy new attachments for the part touching my boob. I don’t know if I would feel comfortable purchasing from a complete stranger, even though I know it could be sanitized…

    Post # 8
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    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would buy a used one. But I would check with insurance first and see if you can get one for free through it. 

    Post # 9
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    4433 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Hold up. Insurance might cover a Medela? or does it have to usually be a certain brand/style. I’m about to call them right now!

    Post # 10
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    808 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I had a used one, worked great! 

    Post # 12
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    7536 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    BellaDee:  I have Blue Cross Blue Shield, and they covered my electric Medela Advanced Double Pump

    Post # 13
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    4433 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Oh snap! I’m covered up to $500.00. Yay! I have to use a participating vendor and she said they offer Medela too! Accessories would be included as well. Just not shields lotions or extra tubing. 

    Post # 14
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    3083 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I read in my Baby Bargains book that some can be sanitized completely (inside and out), but others cannot. So I would want to make sure that I got a model that fell into the former category! If you are in the US and have insurance, it’s very likely that you can get a decent brand new one at no out of pocket cost. 

    Post # 15
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    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    kate02121:  +1

    Many of them cannot be cleaned inside the motor, and while milk isn’t *supposed* to go there, it does. Medela breast pumps, for example, have had their motors opened up to reveal lots of nice furry mold.

    I did not buy a used pump for that reason.

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