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Using a 12 year old breast pump? 
5th-Jan-2010 06:13 am [breast pumps]
Creature from the Black Lagoon!
So, my aunt has a breast pump she wants to give/loan me. The problem is, it's about 12 or 13 years old. I don't know a ton about breast pumps. I've read on here about people getting breast pumps from friends and whatever but being able to replace the tubing and other stuff. The problem with this one is since it's so old I doubt I'd be able to get replacement parts (I don't know what brand it is).

When I mentioned to her about how I read that people can get replacement tubing and other things for a used breast pump she said that the milk doesn't go in the tubes and just falls down into a bottle (or something) from the pump or suction things.

I don't doubt that she cleaned it, and I know she doesn't have any diseases, but I'm just not sure about this. Hasn't breast pump technology advanced in the last 10 years? I'm also kind of a germaphobe too, so a pump without new parts kind of squicks me out.

I don't know what to do though. Most, if not almost all of my stuff (especially expensive stuff) that I am going to get from showers and whatever is going to be from my aunts, and they are doing a ton for me already, so I feel bad about turning down her pump and registering for a new one since they're so expensive.

What do you think? What do you think I should do, just use my aunt's pump?

17w6d (I know I'm a long way from needing a breast pump, but she's asked me if I want to use hers a couple times already)
5th-Jan-2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Personally, there's no way I would use it. How clean can you get something that old? I would think the newer technology is much better.

Tell you asked your doctor who gave you the advice not to use it. :) Or ask your doctor, midwife, or lactation consultant what they suggest.
5th-Jan-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
That's a good idea- I'll mention it to my midwife too, since I'm sure she'll say the new ones are better. Thanks!
5th-Jan-2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Hmm good question. I don't know anything about breast pump "technology" but my concern would be how worn the motor is. If it's been used it's not going to be as powerful as a new one. If I were in your situation I'd probably purchase a new one right before my due date and save the reciept- that way if I didn't like the loaned one I wouldn't have to run to the store and get a new one- but if I did like it, it could just be returned.
5th-Jan-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Good idea, although I'd rather not spend the $$$. It may come to that though.
5th-Jan-2010 01:16 am (UTC)
I totally hear ya on the $$ thing- they are SO expensive. I used Babies R Us gift certificates I got as gifts to purchase mine. Another option is to rent a hospital grade one. Oh and I forgot to add yes she's correct about the milk not going in the tubes (for most electric pumps I've seen). I have no idea if I'm phrasing this correctly but the bottle attaches to a nipple shield which attaches to your nipple/breast. The tubing is attached from the side of the nipple shield to the electric part of the pump, and it's through the tubing that the suction is stimulated. But the milk goes directly down into the bottle and doesnt run through the tubes. I'd be most concerned about getting new nipple shields / bottles. Maybe get the name of the pump from her and model number and contact the company if they still make replacement parts for it. Or if you can borrow it early, show it to your midwife and get her opinion on quality and how sanitary she thinks it is.
5th-Jan-2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I wouldn't use it. I would bet that the options you can get today are going to be a lot easier to use than the pumps from 12 or 13 years ago were. You'd be better off buying a newer used pump on craigslist and getting the replacement parts from the manufacturer.
5th-Jan-2010 02:14 am (UTC)
If it's a Medela Pump In Style, they absolutely still make all the replacement parts. Same with several other types of pumps. My old Medela Pump In Style (which is now 12 years old) has been used for 3 other babies through the years, and as far as I know, is still out there somewhere.
5th-Jan-2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
I've looked into that pump- it seems nice- I didn't know it had been around for that long. I'll try to find out what kind it is. Thanks!
5th-Jan-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
My medela is at least 10 years old, because I'm the third mama to use it. (Maybe more??? LOL) It works great. The only part I've had to replace was the cord, and that's because I have cats that like to eat things like that. :)
Personally, I'd find out the brand. If it's a medela, I'd snatch that sucker up!
5th-Jan-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I'll try to see if I can find out what brand it is. :)
5th-Jan-2010 06:46 am (UTC)
Personally if I was returning to work and needed a decent pump I would avoid it. The motor may be worn which would affect the pumping efficiency and therefore the amount of milk you could express which could mean the difference between having enough pumped milk for baby and having to pump more often or supplement unnecessarily. If you are scared of offending your aunt just take it and then buy another one or tell her it is not recommended to share pumps. Lansinoh make a cheapish double electric pump based upon the Ameda Purely Yours/ Lactaline which is cheaper than the PIS and the Ameda is a very good pump. Otherwise check and see if WIC or your insurance covers the cost of a pump (if you get WIC).

If you are going to be staying at home I wouldn't even stress about getting a pump: some babies don't take a bottle well, and you might find hand expression or a cheaper manual pump just as effective for the odd night out or whatever. Should you need to express initially because baby is not feeding well to begin with for whatever reason you would need a hospital grade pump anyway which should be supplied by the hospital or be hired.
5th-Jan-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be home for the first while depending on how things go, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to go back to work eventually for at least a couple days (unless we win the lottery lol). I plan on breastfeeding for as long as I can- I'm hoping to get through breastfeeding for the first year at least, so I will need a pump eventually, although maybe not as much as women who have to go back to work full time.
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