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Can I Buy Or Borrow A Pre-owned Breastpump?


Many mothers have asked if they can safely sell, purchase, or use a previously owned breastpump. Medela is concerned about the health and welfare of breastfeeding mothers and their babies. There is evidence that bacteria and certain viruses may be transmittable through breastmilk. For this reason, it is not advisable to use a previously owned, personal use breastpump, such as Medela’s Pump In Style or Ameda's Purely Yours. However, it is safe to use a Rental pump, such as Medela’s Symphony , Classic or Lactina pumps. The difference between personal use pumps and rental pumps is as follows:

Personal Use Breastpumps Personal use pumps that you buy at the store are personal care items, much like a toothbrush. Personal use pumps should never be resold or shared among mothers. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced & Purely Yours has an internal diaphragm that cannot be removed, replaced, or fully sterilized. Therefore, the risk of cross-contamination associated with re-using a previously owned pump such as the Pump In Style cannot be dismissed, even when using a new kit or tubing. Similarly, the Medela Swing breastpump has an internal motor that cannot be removed, replaced or fully sterilized. Another consideration when deciding to borrow or even lend a previously owned electric pump is the pump’s motor life. A high quality electric double pump might last through the breastfeeding of your second child, or even several children. However, like computers or other electronic products, an electric breastpump has a limited lifetime. Medela guarantees its pump motors with a one year warranty. If you use an electronic pump that has been used for more than one year, there is no guarantee that it will generate as much speed and vacuum as it did earlier in it’s life. By using your own pump, you can compare the pump’s performance with each child. However if you borrow a pump, you cannot gauge its performance to ensure it is operating at full capacity.

Rental Pumps
Rental pumps such as Medela’s Symphony, Classic and Lactina or Ameda's Egnell Elite, Lact-E, SMB or Platinum are designed for multiple users. These pumps have special barriers and filters to prohibit milk from entering the pump motor, which prevent cross-contamination. In addition, each renter uses her own personal set of breastshields, containers and tubing, to ensure the safe use of these pumps.

Different mothers have different pumping needs and economic means. For this reason, Medela & Ameda pumps come in a variety of styles and prices. For information on Medela or Ameda products, contact us. Worldwide Surgical's telephone number is (877)605-6005. For product information, availability and Rental or Sale pricing and availability.