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.
The second type of second hand breast pump is a rental pump. Rental pumps have been designed for the use of multiple individuals. These pumps come along with special filters or barriers, which are in a position to keep away milk from entering the motor. This can prevent cross-contamination. With these types of pumps, you don’t need to worry when you are using a second hand breast pump, which is designed for multiple users. You’ll also be able to use your own containers, breast shields and tubing when you are using a second hand breast pump designed for rental. This will give you the opportunity to maintain full peace of mind about cleanliness and safety.
Here are some things to consider before purchasing a second hand breast pump:
- Is it a former rental breast pump or personal use breast pump?
- Does it come with spare parts (many pumps do)?
- How much motor life is left, if it’s electric?
And the most important question:
- Are you comfortable with the history of the breast pump? This includes the method of cleaning, how it was stored, if it was ever mouldy or if it was ever in a home with pets or smokers.