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Used Medela Pump in Style

It's my understanding that breast pumps cannot be reused by another person or refurbished in anyway because of bacteria. I am no longer using mine and would like to do more with it than dump it in the trash. Does anyone know of anything I can do with the pump? I wish someone who needs it could get use out of it, but I don't want to do anything harmful whilst trying to be helpful. Suggestions please :)

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the pump itself is fine. Only the cups, tubes and stuff need to be replaced which does not cost too much. It can totally bereused because the milk does not go in the actual machine. You could probably sell it but w/o the accessories. But if you sterilized the accessories it may not be a big deal. As long as the person knows what they are getting.

I think as long you replace the tubes and all the pieces that come in direct contact with the milk/breast, you can reuse it. Without that stuff, it's just a machine.

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You can reuse them but you have to replace the tubing and attachments. Which is exactly what they would do if you were to rent one.

the pump itself is fine. Only the cups, tubes and stuff need to be replaced which does not cost too much. It can totally bereused because the milk does not go in the actual machine. You could probably sell it but w/o the accessories. But if you sterilized the accessories it may not be a big deal. As long as the person knows what they are getting.

You can reuse them like others have said. I sold mine on Craigslist and it was a very easy way to pass it on to someone else who could use it.

You can reuse a pump, just replace the idividual parts like the tubing and valves. Medela rents the pumps so I have never understood why they say they cannot be used by someone else.

Medela pumps are supposed to be single user pumps because of the way they are constructed. Bacteria from one user cannot be completely removed just by replacing the parts. Some other pumps can be reused just by replacing the parts. However, for someone that cannot afford a new pump, they may be willing to buy/ accept a used Medela pump. I have never heard of any issues yet from using a used Medela pump.

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It may seems a bit unorthodox, but there is a non-profit company in town called Transition Services that recycle pretty much anything electronic into robot figurines to sell in their gift shop. The company is an employment provider for people with disabilities, and they teach people how to make all kinds of cool crafts. The robots are really cool, and they make money to support the organizations through the sales of all their products. You can contact them via their website at www.tsilasvegas.com to see if they want your pump! I think I might do the same thing with mine!

I have given my old Playtex to another mommy and it was fine. You just want to make sure that you withhold any parts that may come into contact with milk or your breast, like the breast shields and tubing. They can buy replacement parts online. The most expensive part to replace is the motor itself, though, which CAN be transferred from person to person, so you'd still be helpful.

I had an expensive one that my cousin let me borrow; she had used it as well. I just bought new tubing, bottles, etc. They rent them at hospitals, so I'm not sure where you heard that they can't be used again. Maybe the cheaper ones, the manuals you can't?

I think as long you replace the tubes and all the pieces that come in direct contact with the milk/breast, you can reuse it. Without that stuff, it's just a machine.

You can sell it on Craig's List. I bought mine used and just bought replacement tubing. I thoroughly scrubbed all the parts (and put them in the sterilizer) and it works amazingly well. I have had no infections and my baby has not gotten any illnesses. From my understanding, it's only a concern if the milk gets inside the machine. But with the Pump in Style that is extremely hard to do. So as long as the tubing is replaced, it should be good.
If you don't feel comfortable selling it, perhaps you can give it to a friend or acquaintance that is expecting.

I bought mine from a family friend and then my sister used it too. We just sterilized the tubing and parts each time.

The hospital JUST 3 weeks ago had a pump in style for me to use while I was in for delivering a baby! They just gave me new tubing and shields. So, if a hospital is reusing this pump, I'm sure it's okay for anyone.......

Put it on freecycle. Somebody will want it.

All you have to do is buy new tubing. Very inexpensive and someone else can then use the pump as if it were new.

You can actually replace all the parts that come in contact with skin and milk. They are pretty inexpensive and i think you can get all of it at bergstroms (helpful salespeople) or babies r us.

My Pump in Style was used for my two children and 3 friend's. The hospital told me that was OK, just change the tubing, bottles, & valves.

If you feel comfortable with that, put it on Craig's list, or offer it to a friend who is pregnant. My hairdresser was pregnant and she offered to give me free haircuts for as long as she was using the pump!

you can buy new tubing/parts etc from medela and from certain stores (probably even target or babiesrus). Just do be sure that you sterilize all the parts in boiling water for the next person who's going to use it!

I see plenty on Craigslist. Also, my doctor said that they give the pump and tubing as baby shower gifts, asking for the pump back when the mom is done, then giving it to the next. They have been able to share it with like 11 people so far. And he is an obgyn.

I tried pumping when my second and I used my friends but got replacement tubing and stuff. I was unsuccessful pumping but I dont see why you wouldnt be able to get replacement tubing and guards and let a friend or relative barrow it.

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