Dawn - posted on 05/01/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
I am pregnant with my second baby, and I no longer have my manual pump (lost a few pieces and a couple of the soft plastic parts got a LOT of wear on them and thus tossed it out) so I am looking to invest in a new one that is electric (and HOPEFULLY a double pump). I had a friend of mine offer me hers because she was no longer using it, but I have recently read an article that said NOT to use used breast pumps because there are parts in commercial pumps that cannot be removed for cleaning/sanitation, and can leech bacteria and other bad stuff into my breastmilk when I do pump. The article said this is not so with rental pumps as you would have to buy some of your own parts that come in contact with your body, and those are the parts that need to be cleaned.
Honestly, I am confused. Is it really necessary to buy a brand new one?? They are SO expensive, and the WIC office (for some odd reason,) said I wasn't eligible to rent one from them...no idea why. It would be nice to borrow one from my friend, but if the risk is truly that great I guess I will need to invest in my own.
Any thoughts on the matter are appreciated. THANKS!