using a used breast pump (electric)...would you?

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 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!


Emily - posted on 05/01/2012




My first pump was bought new by me and used for a year, then used by my best friend for 6 months of full time exclusive pumping, then by her sis-in-in law for a year and finaly by my sis-in-law for a year. Everyone just bought their own hoses, bottles, shields etc. My second pump I borrowed from my sister because mine was still at sis-in-laws house. I would maybe be leary of buying one used from someone I didn't know but if this is a friend I would have no problem using it! Plus the only way milk can get into the motor is to completly fill the bottles your pumping into and then have it sucked all the way up the hoses and into the motor!!

Tabitha - posted on 05/01/2012




I've used a "pre-owned" breast pump. I think they just say that so that people will go out and buy new ones each time. If it will leak, than you wouldn't have been able to reuse your own from the first child. I think as long as you thoroughly clean it, you should be fine.


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Tabitha - posted on 05/02/2012




If everything is in working order, you shouldn't need to buy any parts. You're going to wash and sanitize everything before you use it anyway. I wash and sanitize everything new and used, not just baby stuff, clothes, dishes, toys. We don't know who all is touchin stuff in the store while their shopping, while it's being shipped, while it's been manufactured. I WASH EVERYTHING BEFORE WE USE

Bethany - posted on 05/02/2012




I would suggest going out and buying the bits that do touch your body parts (if you can), including the cords leading from the breast bit to the machine, just to be on the safe side. It shouldnt be a problem, my first son was born at 33 weeks so I expressed for the first month of his life while he was in the hospital. I was using 1 of 2 expressing machines that the hospital owned during that time which were also shared between about another 20 women at that time and god knows how many before me!

Kaitlin - posted on 05/02/2012




I got a Medela off craigslist and then bought new hoses. It's totally fine.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2012




Personally I wouldn't because you never know, but that is only my preference. To each her own!

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