Re: Please Help-I need breast pump advice!
In your shoes, I would probably rent or buy my very own PISA. Pumping for twins plus 12-hour shifts is likely to demand the absolute best pump you can afford. You also might want to look into renting a hospital-grade pump- mine cost only $2/day, which was competitive with the price of formula.
I also wouldn't turn down the free pump. In an emergency, it might come in really handy. What if your own pump breaks, or you forget it somewhere? If you're freaked out about the possibility of contaminating your milk, you could always just pump and dump with the used pump, using it only to maintain milk supply in the event of an emergency. I personally wouldn't be concerned about x-contamination as long as you bought new shields and tubes for the pump. IMHO it's unlikely that any pathogen could survive in the system for more than a few days, so if it's been a couple months/years since the pump was last used, I would consider it safe. However, a pump that has been used heavily by 2 previous people is unlikely to be operating at peak efficiency, and I think peak efficiency is what you're going to need!
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