Originally Posted by 2xy
Okay....say the inner guts of the pump get sprayed with BM.
If it's your own pump, and it's your BM, wouldn't bacteria grow in it? Wouldn't that be a risk, too?
Seems to me that the only milk making its way into the receptacle is the milk in the tubing. If milk particles from the inner workings made their way back into the tubing, then I'd be worried even if it was my own, brand new pump!
I don't see how someone else's BM particles in the motor are going to get into the tubing and into whatever container you're collecting milk in.
Am I making sense? I'm having difficulty conveying exactly what I mean.
I have read that yeast can be a problem. If you have thrush your pump can be infected and you can reinfect yourself every time you pump. Which is crazy... but I have heard this can happen which would mean yes there is a risk even as a single user.
But for serious life threatening "Oh my god I infected my baby with WHAT?" type illnesses - supposedly, never a documented case. Our world is all about "cover your ass." No one wants to be sued for anything and rather than allow peopleto have personal responsibility, the professionals just scare us to do what they think is what's right - and what's right is what reduces their risk of being sued.
The real risk of buying a used pump is the suction might, well, suck.
When I was pregnant with my twins I saw the Pump in Style (original) on drugstore.com for $200. That was the pump I figured I would want - but of course why would I need to pump? I never pumped for my son. Surely my girls would have all milk, all on tap, no formula, no bottles, because I would be a lactating super mama and not need a pump. So I didn't buy it when I saw it.
I didn't know that low price was because it was being d/c'ed.
So my girls were preemies and my supply sucked and I ended up having to rent a pump (Lactina SELECT) and it worked well but the $30 a month, I felt, I should buy a pump... I tried a Medela Double Ease from a friend before renting but it didn't work so well - the rental place checked it and the suction was not where it should be. Used + old = bad suction. So either keep renting... or buy...
I wanted the PIS original because I liked controlling both speed and suction (as the SELECT allows - the Lactina original does not)
Well darn it if the PIS original was no where to be had, only the advanced.
I tried a Symphony from another rental place (which is the hospital version of the Advanced) and I just didn't get as much milk from it. Oh, it was nice to look at ! Such a pretty yellow. But it didn't work as well.
I found a PIS original on Ebay - new in box - I ordered it - it came - the box had been opened. Grrrrrr. But it looked, smelled new - was in plastic - to be safe I took it to the rental place and had them test it. The suction was not where it should be. Old + unused = bad suction. Ebay guy took the pump back, yay.
I bought a Ameda and it worked for me - the Ameda is like the PIS original and only $150 brand new if you don't go for the accessories which you don't need - just use the hospital freebie formula bag to store it in! BUT - I gave up on pumping after another month or two anyway. It was so much hassel and I thought I was making enough to do all boob on tap... which I wasn't... but I digress.
Anyway. What I learned.
Home pumps are warrented for one year. Why ? Well - some times they will last longer than that - but a lot of times they will conk out. They will still work, but not as well.
That is the biggest risk to buying a used pump - or even using your own old pump. Any lactation sales place should be able to test it for you - they shove some gauge in the horns and see what the PSI is.
For my money I would have been better renting. I don't know why I got this wild hair to own my own - but I did. Oh well! Now I have this pump laying around I used less than 2 months. Whoops.
People think they will get their money's worth if they buy their own pump, vs. renting. But you can't really look at that $300 price tag (and really I have issues with Medela pricing them so high and having such snob appeal to them) and say, well, if I rented every month and plan to have X kids, it will be worth it - because the pump might die after one kid. At $30 a month to rent (estimate) - that's 10 months of renting for the price of new - it seems like easy math - but it may not be. For your $300 you have a pump that may last a year or more, or may not. For your $30 a month, you always have a top-notch pump.
You also may get more milk with the rental (esp. the Lactina select
) so build up a stash and have more milk in storage plus a better milk supply - it's just not all equal. You can't just figure in price.
BUT suction is the biggest worry when it comes to buying used, not germs.
OMG I just wrote a novel on breastpumps. If you've read this far, thanks.