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    Default Safe to buy a used breastpump?

    I am wondering if it is safe to buy a used breastpump? I'm debating whether to buy a new one (Medela pump in style) or try one from Craigslist. I heard that even if you replace the plastic tubing/parts that the motor can still harbor germs from a previous owner. Any thoughts? Is this a purchase not to skimp on? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Safe to buy a used breastpump?

    What are you going to be using the pump for? Are you going to stay at home with your LO, and use the pump for the occasional bottle? In that case, I might try a used pump since you're not going to be depending on it. But if you're going back to work, there's no way I'd buy a used pump, since you'll need it to be working at peak efficiency every single day. A used pump could have lost a lot of power.
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    technically the PISA is an open circuit so yes it can harbor bacteria even if you switch plastic parts. I used a used pump but from a friend whom I trust but I wouldn't use one from CI. I'd save and buy a new one. HTH
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    Default Re: Safe to buy a used breastpump?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    technically the PISA is an open circuit so yes it can harbor bacteria even if you switch plastic parts. I used a used pump but from a friend whom I trust but I wouldn't use one from CI. I'd save and buy a new one. HTH
    I would save and buy a new one, I have had milk get into the motor, so I have seen it can easily happen. I know that my milk is safe but I would be cautious because of bacteria and germs and even mold. (I have seen mold build in tubing too!
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    Default Re: Safe to buy a used breastpump?

    I bought a used one from a friend that I trust. She had only used it a couple of times and then found out that she could get a "free" hospital pump from the military.

    A friend of mine bought a used one from CL and hasn't had a problem, but personally I am a huge germophobe, so I'd be cautious.
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    After talking to my friends mother, who is a lactation consultant, I wouldn't take chances with a used breast pump. Even if you are getting it from someone you know it can still be unsanitary without them knowing. Once milk and moisture get into the pump motor, there's really no way to clean it, which I find pretty disgusting.

    The Ameda Purely Yours pumps have the closed system, so you don't have to deal with milk getting into the pump, but I would still prefer a new one, as they aren't very pricey compared to some other models. The good thing about those Ameda pumps is that they have the replacement Hygienikit. So if you were going to go used, I would recommend getting an Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump and just replacing the Hygienikit. It will be cheaper in the end, and your safest choice in my opinion.

    For other references both of these sites talk about not using a secondhand pump, as do others.

    http://www.breastpumpsdirect.com/bor...pump_a/146.htm

    http://www.breastpumps.com/facts_abo...d_breast_pumps

    Another option for a good deal would be ebay. Sometimes you can get new products at better prices there. If you are planning on going with a Medela PIS just be aware that they are not closed-system breast pumps, so even though you would be the only user, it could still become contaminated without proper care and maintaining.

    Good luck with your feeding efforts!


    Edit: Here's another resource that talks about the dangers of using a used breast pump: http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/pumps.shtml
    Last edited by @llli*babycomit; September 16th, 2010 at 02:22 PM.

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    La Leche League doesn't recommend using used pumps, because of the risk of contamination and also because the motors aren't designed for more than about a year of use. They can become less effective over time, which could interfere with your supply if you need to pump regularly.
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