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    Question explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    Ok - so...with my first, I didn't purchase a pump. I used the hospital one for the first several weeks for free because of my massive engorgement issues and then was able to borrow a Medela PIS from a very close, very trusted friend. I knew the risks of milk backup because it was an open system, but I also felt relatively safe because I knew her health history so well.

    Now, with DD, I did buy a pump - but I bought one used from someone I don't know. I bought an Ameda Purely Yours double electric, but I purchased a completely new Hygeni-Kit - with all new parts - so the only part that is actually being re-used is the base.

    I bought it assuming it was OK to buy used, because it was a closed system. Then I was told afterwards that even that isn't OK. I'm very confused as to why. I haven't used the pump yet (DD is due on 5/13) - so would like to get some clarity to this before I need to use it.

    TIA for your help sorting this out.
    Proud mama to Matthew Rory, born naturally 10/29/10, and mama to Callie Elisabeth, born naturally 5/15/12.

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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    AFAIK, the biggest concern with a used closed-system pump is that it is used, and therefore likely to have been worn down by use.
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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    and, like all baby stuff - there's a bit of a racket going on. i personally would only worry about a worn ameda, like mommal said.
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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    Depending on how heavily the pump has been used it might not last terribly long. I have an Ameda Purely Yours (bought new) that I have been using three days a week (much less frequently over the summer) for the past (almost) 18 months, and it is definitely dying on me. As far as I know the worst case scenario is that you will need to buy a new pump sooner, possibly much sooner, than you would like. Hopefully not, but you just don't know with a used pump. I personally would not recommend buying a used Ameda for that reason alone. If your pumping output drops, be aware that the problem could very well be the pump.

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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    Worn out. Pumps are only meant for 400 hours of use.
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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    400 hours... UGGGG! thats not that long right?

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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    Awesome!! Thank you ladies for your input. I wasn't sure if there was somehow, someway still some risk of actual contamination to the milk.

    I'm not planning on pumping more than once a day or so, unless I have the same issues I had with DS..and even still - that only lasted the first 12 weeks or so. After that, I'm planning on only pumping once every day or two to have a small supply on hand in case I need it.

    I suppose anything can happen, and if I need to pump more than that and the pump dies, I'll have to buy a new one....seeing as I already own this one. I was just worried I could harm my baby somehow...

    Thanks again!!
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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    I agree, concern is with function not hygiene.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andrea.wolford View Post
    400 hours... UGGGG! thats not that long right?
    Assuming an average 20 minute pumping session it's about 3x/day for a year (or 1x/day for 3 years). If exclusively pumping, TOTALLY not long enough.

    Susan, is that the motor? So regardless of replacing pump parts and membranes and what not it'll be useless after a while?

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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    I have an Ameda purely yours. I got it from a friend after her THREE BOYS. AND made it comepletely through my one. Neither of us exclusively pumped.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: explain why not to buy used Ameda?

    I think used pumps are like used cars. Most people who buy a car with 150,000 miles on it aren't going to get much more use out of it, even if they sink a lot of money into rehabbing it. But here and there you'll find someone who got another lifetime out of a used machine- like my parents did with their '63 Chevy truck that kept running well into the 1980s, and like djs.mom did with the heavily used APY.
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