(Closed) buying a used breast pump?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my friend used her sister’s but she bought new tubes. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Only certain brands of pumps are FDA approved to be safe for use by more than one person. Medela pumps are not meant to be used by more than one person; and it says so right on their website. I believe that Ameda and Hygeia both make closed system pumps. Just buying new tubes does take away the risk of contaminated milk if you are using an open system pump, which all Medela pumps are.

You can read about buying a used pump here and here.

Many mom will take the risk and buy a used pump, but I wouldn’t unless it was from a very close friend of family member. It wasn’t worth it to me when my child’s health is at stake.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I couldn’t afford to buy one, used or new. The WIC office gave me one to use while I needed it and then requested it back when I was done. The clean and sanatize every piece and I’m pretty sure they replace the tubes. If you have any doubts about if it will do any harm to your child, buy new tubes. Those aren’t the expensive part and shouldn’t take too much money out of your baby fund. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You might also look into renting a hospital-grade pump (they give you new tubing with the rental).  Our local county health department rents them for $1/day.  That way you can see if you like it and if it will work for you.  And you may find that you only use it for a few months. 

A big plus?  The hospital grade pumps work far better than the home versions.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I also think the shelf grade on home pumps is not great – my friend used hers heavily for 3 months (all pumping, no nursing) and it basically started having poorer and poorer suction.  not sure how fixable it is, but she ended up just renting a hospital grade one the second time around….

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A dollar a day? That’s pretty awesome. Is there a time limit on that? Because you could use it for 10 months then for the price of a new pump.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Tatum:  I don’t think there is a time limit.  I used mine for about six months.  But I’m sure different agencies have different rules.  Our county had a lactation consultant that made house calls once a week until she was sure everything was going well.  She was the one who gave me the information on the pump.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Buying a used pump is totally fine. You can buy replacement parts for all the parts that could touch milk.

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