A second hand breast pump can be purchased it at a lower price than a brand new one. However, you need to have a clear understanding about the potential issues that can arise as a result of using a second hand breast pump, before you do so.
Firstly, it’s important that you do your research into the type of pump you want. Different types of breast pumps can work more or less effectively for different women, breasts and babies. There are two main types of breast pumps to look at when purchasing a second hand one:
The first type of breast pump is for personal use. pumps can be purchased from the store just as you would purchase other personal care items such as a toothbrush – as an individual use item. In other words, they should not be shared or resold without careful assessment. Many breast pumps come along with an internal diaphragm, which cannot be replaced, removed or fully sterilized. This gives life to a risk of cross-contamination if re-used, especially if the breast pump wasn’t properly cared for or cleaned during its life.1 | 2