Buy Breast Pumps With Caution

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Buy Breast Pumps With Caution
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 10:49am

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are breast-feeding should take precautions when deciding what type of breast pump to use, particularly if they are considering buying or renting a used or second-hand pump, according to a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Although breast pumps can range from single, manual pumps to double, electric-powered models, all have a few basic parts, including a breast shield that fits over the nipple, a pump that creates a vacuum to express the milk and a detachable container for collecting the milk, Kathryn Daws-Kopp, an FDA electrical engineer, said in the report, which was released Jan. 15.

The FDA oversees the safety and effectiveness of these devices.

Although women can buy breast pumps, many hospitals, medical supply stores and lactation consultants rent breast pumps that can be used by multiple women. The FDA advised all women who use rented or second-hand pumps to buy an accessory kit with new breast shields and tubing -- even if the existing kit looks clean.

Ladies who pump/have pumped in the past- did you buy a new accessory kit when using a previously owned/used breast pump?

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 3:04pm

Kristy, thanks for posting this. On this board, we always recommend that moms don't use second-hand pumps due to the risk of disease transmission. The exception to this is of course a closed-system hospital-grade rental pump that is specifically designed for multiple users where each mom does use her own pump horns and tubing.