Most pumps that are sold for home use are considered single-user. Unless every part that could contact milk can be sterilized, there is the possibility of infection being transmitted by a used pump. No pump manufacturer is going to accept the liability associated with saying that it's okay to share pumps unless everything can for certain be sterile. For this reason, very few pumps are considered multi-user; mostly just hospital-grade rental pumps, because all of the parts that are not replaceable are sealed. I'm fairly certain the Ameda that your friend is offering is considered single-user as well, you could check their website to be certain (Ameda's website lists all their Purely YOurs pumps, for example, as being single user, even though the diaphragm is supposedly sealed). That being said, many moms do share or purchase used pumps. It's hard to quantify the risk, and you'll have to decide on your own what your comfort level is. Besides the risk of disease transmission, most pumps are designed to last for single part-time use; in other words, the motor is going to last for pumping at work for one or two babies for about a year each. If your friends' pumps have been used extensively, they may not be as effective. More info on used pumps: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bf-links-pumps.html#used, http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvjunjul04p54.html.
As far as hands-free, you can make any pump hands-free. There are bras you can purchase specially designed to hold the flanges in place. You can do-it-yourself by cutting slits in a supportive jogging-style bra. There's a rubber band trick: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/hands-free-pumping.html. You might give these techniques a try before deciding on spending money for a hands-free pump.
Some moms do find that their output decreases with hands-free pumping because their attention is on something else, instead of thinking about their baby and milk production. Other moms actually have more success if they are distracted and not worrying about pump output. You'll have to see what works best for you!
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I'm confused about the hands free part, does ur medela friend have a hands free bra or something? If so, u could still borrow that from her and use it with the ameda, but u may find that to be as much trouble getting resituated then just quickly pumping.
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