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Old Jul 15th, 2012, 17:01 PM   1
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Used breast pump?


I bought a barely used Medela pump at a garage sale several years ago. It looked to me like a closed system, and I got completely new tubing and all other parts. I just read that you should not use a used pump due to the risk of milk getting to the pump itself. So I was wrong about it being a closed system!

My question for you girls is- do you really think that old milk that made it to the pump could make it all the way back thru the tubing to mix into my milk? Also, does anyone know of any viruses that could live several years? I know things like HIV die after several hours on surfaces.

I've already used the pump for 3 weeks with my daughter (and fed her the pumped milk) and the pump works great, so I am really struggling with the decision to spend $200-$300 on another one.

Thanks for any advice/opinions!



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 20:28 PM   2
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Personally I wouldnt buy a used breast pump, but thats just me!

If it works great & nothing is wrong with your bub & you've steralised it then I'd say it should be ok

By the way, I really like your picture



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 20:31 PM   3
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I know I have read that if you get new parts for it, it's ok to buy used. I have not seen that about milk getting into the pump itself. But I haven't looked into it much, so others may have heard otherwise.



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 15:49 PM   4
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Thanks guys!



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 15:55 PM   5
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I think you should be ok hospitals let you use and rent theirs as long as you buy new tubes and shields and such. I think that you will be ok. I am not sure if you are on WIC but I know most will give you a new Medela pump.



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 17:59 PM   6
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hospital grade pumps are ok for reuse as they have closed systems meaning the pump motor etc is protected, most pumps that you would buy have open systems meaning that they do not have any protective barrier to prevent cross contamination to the next user, its not recommended to reuse pumps regardless of whether they have been sterilised n new parts bought etc as droplets of milk invisible to the naked eye may have still gotten through to the pump motor n can cause contamination to the next user. the rental medela pumps have closed systems such as the medela symphony or lactina but the personal pumps that one would buy such as the medela pump in style or single deluxe are not safe for reuse as they have open systems, this article explains it well n gives a list of pumps that have closed systems. http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/pumps.shtml hth



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2012, 16:53 PM   7
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These are stated from the companies themselves

Aveda purely yours (the pump I have) clearly states on their website :Personal breast pumps are designed to be used by one mother (not shared) and are the best choice for mothers who have full milk production.

http://www.ameda.com/ameda-products

Medela states on their page: Many mothers have asked if they can safely sell, purchase, or use a previously owned breastpump. Medela is concerned about the health and welfare of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. There is evidence that bacteria and certain viruses may be transmittable through breastmilk. For this reason, it is not advisable to use a previously owned, personal use breastpump, such as Medela’s Pump In Style. However, it is safe to use a Rental pump, such as Medela’s Symphony or Lactina pumps. The difference between personal use pumps and rental pumps is as follows:

http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com...ned-breastpump

On that same note, I purchased a used pump from a co worker and I just bought all the accessories. It's up to you on what you decide. Good luck.



 
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Old Jul 20th, 2012, 09:02 AM   8
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The breast pump companies explanations don't really make sense to me.

Basically there is no harm in a baby drinking milk from someone who is not it's mother (baby units use donated milk all the time). Therefore, if the problem is that milk gathers somewhere that cannot be sterilised and this results in dangerous bacteria, surely this is a danger to any baby not just one drinking milk expressed from a previously used pump.
The dangerous bacteria would be a danger to the first user's baby.



 
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Old Jul 20th, 2012, 10:09 AM   9
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I have read for pumps that have not been used for some time, yeast infections can become an issue....and also something about bacteria getting into the motor... I can only think if something got into the motor their might be mold or something growing in it. I don't have experience in used pumps but these are things I have read from trusted sites.



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Old Jul 24th, 2012, 02:52 AM   10
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i have a used pump, got new tubing and its been fine, it was a closed system so i could see everywhere the milk goes....all in the new parts, saved me a fortune and i will be using it again!



 
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