P.M. asks from Haverhill, MA on July 04, 2009
Breast Pump - Haverhill,MA
I was wondering what you've done with your used breast pumps? I have the Medela pump in style and used it for 18 months. As we all know breast pumps aren't cheap so I hate to just get rid of it, but I've hear you aren't really suppose to sell them either because they arent "sterile" anymore.
Sowhat can I do with the thing?
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K.F. answers from New London on July 05, 2009
The machine portion of the pump is the expensive part and can be given or sold. The hospital gave me the sterile portions and I used my sisters pump. In fact, the same pump has now been used for 4 babies (2 of mine, 2 of hers)!
S.K. answers from Hartford on July 05, 2009
You can sell them, the new owner will want to purchase a new tube but the rest can be steralized. This is information came to me from a Peditrition and a lacatation consultant.
N.S. answers from Boston on July 07, 2009
I don't see anything wrong with selling the pump. You just don't give them any of the pieces that touched your breast/milk. I used a preowned pump myself. It was through someone my mom knew though. The free price was right we changes out all the lines for a fracton of the cost.
J.E. answers from Hartford on July 05, 2009
D.H. answers from Lewiston on July 05, 2009
I would post the pump on a local website for moms or on craigslist.com. My breast pump with my first daughter was a used Medela pump and it makes absolutely no sense that it is unsterile. It is completely fine as long as the tubing is changed, which can be found at the local hospital or any store that sells breast pump equipment. How else do hospitals/stores rent pumps if they are unsterile?
I am part of a mom's group and we have often borrowed/loaned pumps to new moms who are having issues nursing or want to try out the pump before spending money. You could change someone's nursing experience by offering a great pump at a low price!
M.S. answers from Boston on July 05, 2009
I got $200 for mine on craigslist, including some bottles. The woman was thrilled and just had to buy new tubing and new nipples for the bottles.
M.H. answers from Springfield on July 05, 2009
I tried Freecycling them but had no takers.
It ended up in the trash...
L.D. answers from Burlington on July 05, 2009
i pretty much have the same advice..i would find a family member or someone close that wouldn't mind using a previously used breast pump. my cousin bought one and only used it for 5 months, so she let me borrow hers. She cleaned hers really well so I wasn't worried it not being sterile. The important thing is before storing it to wash everything you can and run water through the tubes, and then let everything dry COMPLETELY.
L.L. answers from Providence on July 05, 2009
I sold my Medela pump in style on ebay and got very good money for it. check the others out and watch to see what they sell for.