Post # 1
What things have you moms bought used that worked well used, or didn’t work well used?
I read that buying breast pumps used can be bad because sometimes breast milk gets stuck in the tubing, esp. if they’re not cleaned properly, and can cause infection for your baby.
But I don’t know how true/accurate that is as well, or if it was just for certain brands?
What has been your experience with this?
Post # 3
my friend used her sister’s but she bought new tubes.
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
@mrstilly: thanks for the info! I’ll definitely check out the thread. I don’t know if I can justify the $300 for a pump when I’ll be a Stay-At-Home Mom, and only use it on occasion. But I’ll need something for when I go back to school and my mom watches my babe.
I had been looking on craigslist, you can get them for closer to $100. I’ll probably just start looking for women who are selling them new.
thanks so much ladies!
Post # 7
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
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
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
@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
Buying a used pump is totally fine. You can buy replacement parts for all the parts that could touch milk.