BTDT - Breast Pumps

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Registered: 02-26-2008
BTDT - Breast Pumps
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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 3:51pm

Hey ladies, I need some advice. A co-worker of mine is offering me her used medela traveler breast pump for $100.00. She says they retail for like $250 or $280. I have a few questions.

1. Would you buy a used breast pump if you knew where it was coming from or stick with a new one? I thought I read somewhere to not buy a used one, but can't remember where or why. and if you would or wouldn't what your reasoning is

2. This product from my quick research is discontinued, would that be a problem if I needed to find parts or replacement items for it. I am assuming the bottles might need to be bought new, but I know nothing about breast pumps.

3. Do you know anything about this specific breast pump?

4. Any other comments/hints/suggestions for this?

Thanks in advance ladies!


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Registered: 02-26-2008
Mon, 04-05-2010 - 12:58pm

Thanks for all the great information ladies! I think you have helped me come to my decision. I think I am going to buy a new one. Only because I don't know how things are going to go and you all make great points...the more I thought about it the more I realized that I don't know if I would be comfortable not having a new one. and also the point I have to buy new bottles and tubes and stuff anyway and I cant' return it if I don't need it for some reason. I think I am going to need it anyway, but nice to have the option.

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Registered: 03-19-2007
Mon, 04-05-2010 - 12:41pm

1. Yes - I would use a used one from someone I know. I have a pump-in-style, and I have definitely gotten milk on part of the pump and there is no way to sterilize that part although when used properly the milk does not come in contact with that part. (Grace already mentioned the major diseases that can be transmitted in breast milk)

2. In my experience, electric pumps are very interchangeable in that you can put any brand of tubing, flange & bottle with any pump. If part of the actual pump breaks, I don't think you'll be able to fix it, but I think that's true if you buy any used Medela (voids the warranty)

3. Nope - but I have a friend who is using a Medela that originally belonged to a mom whose daughters are now in middle school! So the pump is over a decade old and still working (although my friend did say that she would like some of the adjustability of a newer pump)

4. Don't spend $100 on a used pump. If you don't use it, you can't return it. And like Kelly pointed out you can buy a decent pump for less than $100 (plus you'll have to spend over $100 anyway in order to buy all new tubing, bottles, flanges, etc - which I would recommend). I bought my pump ahead of time but kept it sealed in the box until I got home from the hospital. I started using it right away once we got home (once DH sterilized the parts), so I was glad that I already had one but I certainly could have rented one from the hospital if I didn't have one.

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Fri, 04-02-2010 - 12:36am

It sounds like your questions have already been answered, but as a retired EPer, I can't resist pump questions. You'd think I'd want nothing to do with them. LOL.


1. Would you buy a used breast pump if you knew where it was coming from or stick with a new one? I thought I read somewhere to not buy a used one, but can't remember where or why. and if you would or wouldn't what your reasoning is Well, I can pretty much say I probably would use a used pump if I knew where it was coming from. If you're reasonably sure your friend doesn't have AIDS, hepatitis, or any other such diseses, then yeah, you are probably fine. Just sterilize everything anyway when/if you get it, just cause you have to do that periodically anyway.


2. This product from my quick research is discontinued, would that be a problem if I needed to find parts or replacement items for it. I am assuming the bottles might need to be bought new, but I know nothing about breast pumps. I didn't use a Medela pump but from what I hear everything is pretty interchangeable. The valves, membranes, bottles, etc. all work on any style of pump, from what I understand. The valves/membranes are likely the only things you would have to replace, unless the motor died and in that case you'd just get a whole new pump anyway.


3. Do you know anything about this specific breast pump? Nothing other than what I've described above.


4. Any other comments/hints/suggestions for this? I'm going to throw in my 2 cents here, as an experienced, retired EPer! I know Medela is pretty much THE name in breast pumps, but there are others out there that are just as good and that don't cost nearly as much money. I think the Medelas are really only



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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 10:21pm
Thanks ladies!! Helpful as always.

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Registered: 06-25-2006
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 9:40pm
It is not recommended to use a a used pump, unless it is a rental. Unless it is a hospital rental, the pumps aren't considered a closed system, so milk could get into the motor and then get into the tubing. I am not sure if there is any documented cases of woman/babies catching anything from a used pump, but I've felt that I wouldn't use a used pump unless I felt comfortable with the owner breast feeding my child.
You may also want to check with your insurance company about coverage. My insurance company actually pays for a hospital rental for as long as you need it. Others will reimburse you up to a specific amount.

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 6:49pm

Wow, this is my first time answering a question as a BTDT - weird!


I have the Medela Advanced Pump in Style and love it. I was intimidated at first when I first set everything up but now I've got the hang of it. The biggest challenge for me is finding the time to pump! To answer your questions:


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Registered: 12-04-2007
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 5:34pm

I have also heard not buy a used breast pump. I wouldn't buy one off of craigs list, but from someone I trust, I really don't see the problem.

I am borrowing a breast pump from a friend, I use my own tubing, breast shields and bottles. So the only part of the pump that has been used is the motor part. I plug my tubing into the little suction things one her pump. I really don't have a problem with that, but I guess it's sort of up to you how you feel about it.

About using a discontinued pump, it seems to me like the medela stuff is all pretty interchangeable. I have an old medela pump and I was able to use the parts from it with a newer medela pump. I also was able to use my manual pump breast shield with the pump in style pump, so it all seems pretty interchangeable. There obviously would be no warranty on a discontinued pump, but you should be able to find tubing and stuff that would work with it. HTH!

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