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#1 of 13 Old 03-19-2010, 01:53 PM - Thread Starter
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OK, I know it sounds gross, but my sister bought a new Medea Pump In Style and has used it for 2 kids and is willing to pass it down to me.

I know you can replace the tubes, etc, and that mostly cleans it up. I read somewhere that gunk can get stuck in the pump, but wouldn't running hot water and bleach through it (and then a TON of water to clear the bleach out) take care of that?

Everything says "don't buy used," but these things are mad expensive, and this isn't from some stranger-- it's my sister. I can't help but think the warnings are from a company trying to make $$$ from mamas, but I could see it being kind of gross. We're talking $300 here, though.

What do you ladies think?
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Oh gosh, by all means GO FOR IT.

I bought a used one off of Craig's List, then went on Amazon and bought new tubes and parts (though I didn't buy new bottles or shields...I just boiled those like mad). When you look at the pump, there really isn't much that could get contaminated. It's a closed system.

I never worried about it one bit, really. Save the money and use your sister's pump!

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I agree w ROM.
New tubes are your good to go!

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Shoot go for it!!

i'm on the SEARCH for a used breast pump. i'm still staying at home, so I won't spend $$ on a new one. i'll need it ocasionally but still want it to be a good one.

(kicking myself about yet ANOTHER thing I sold because *i'mnothavinganymorekids* )
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thanks ladies!!! I guess I was just concerned when the FDA said it. Like, of course Medea would say it, but the FDA? Well, I guess we know who's buddies with whom...
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I used my SIL's pump in style after 3 kids and I just replaced the tubes and the part that touches the breast. I didnt even run the bleach water through. I felt safe since I know SIL doesn't have any diseases and did not have thrush, although I don't think I would matter since I replaced all the tubes.

I would have a hard time if I got it at a thrift store, but from family... I didn't even blink an eye.

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Gross? No, ma'am.

I was the third user of my PIS, there were two after me that I know of, and it was last seen headed for Kansas. Used pumps are not a problem.
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A good friend (who is also an IBCLC!) gave me her PIS. I work at the hospital, so I've got a new kit with tubing and horns, etc. I'm not worried about it at all!

I think the "official" word is that it isn't actually a sealed system, so there's a potential for contamination in the pump. I used a Lactina last time and honestly, I can't see how milk would end up in the tubing, much less the motor...

I don't know that I'd be as excited about one from a stranger, but from your sister? No worries!

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my PIS was covered by medicaid so if any of you ladies are on that you may want to look into it. My MW wrote me a prescription for it and i went to the location they told me and gave them that and my medical card and it was paid for. The condition was that I had to have plans to return to work at 6 weeks (which i never endd up doing) I"m planning on getting new tubes for it and i only used it for my DD a few times. When i'm done i'll probably sell it on ebay or something (gonna be last kiddo).

I had a hand pump before the PIS and sent it to a friend. I had gotten it used on freecycle but couldn't handle the manual pump.

I would def. use a used pump again if i needed to.

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The issue is milk vapours getting into the open system (through the tubes that do the sucking). You can't run water or bleach through there without breaking the pump, so it can't truly be completely decontaminated.

With that said, I would never use a open system pump from a stranger but would have (and have!) no problem using a pump from my sister or someone I knew and trusted.

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Glad to see consensus here! Boil the parts in water with a bit of vinegar (or bleach, but very little). They last forever, pass them on!

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with my first, I got a breast pump from WIC which was a used donated pump that they sterilized for me. As long as you boil the parts that touch the milk or sterilize it in some other way its fine!

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Are you delivering in a hospital? A lot of times they give you brand new tubing, shields, etc. for free so that you can use their hospital pumps. I actually ended up renting a hospital pump and using the new tubes, shields, etc. with it until I got my own. As far as I know many hospitals have a similar system, plus they have the motors in the nicu and most roomss for moms to use with their own attachments. So I definitely wouldnt worry about using one that only your sister used. I know many more used the hospital ones. Plus if you get free attachments in the hospital, its a bonus so you wont have to sterilize the tubing.
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