Buying a Used Breast Pump

If you are considering breastfeeding, but are concerned about the upfront cost of a breast pump, you can consider buying a used breast pump.  Many new moms wonder “is it safe to use a used breast pump”. Depending on the pump, the answer is yes.  Basically, you can buy the motor used and buy all new parts that come in contact with your breast milk.  This is an option with some pumps, but not all pumps.  If you have a used Ameda Purely Yours, you will need to get the Ameda Purely Yours Replacement Parts dual kit.  The BPA-free kit includes:

2 Large (30.5mm) breast flanges, 2 Medium flange Inserts (28.5mm) flanges, 2 Valves, Diaphragms, 2 Adapter Caps, Tubing, Adapter, 2 Silicone Tubing, 2 4 ounce collections bottles with lids.

The Kit offers the choice of single or dual pumping. It also easily converts to manual pumping with the One-Hand Breast Pump (not included).

You could also break the purchase into two and buy the HygieniKit and the Ameda spare parts kit.  The HygieniKit includes flanges (the part of the pump that your breasts go into).  The spare parts kit includes a set of 2 silicone tubings, 2 silicone diaphragms, 4 valves, and 1 tubing adapter.

Buying spare parts, rather than an entirely new unit, will really help bring down the cost of a new breast pump.

Here are some tips for buying a used breast pump.  Find out how long the pump was used – was it used only occasionally, or was it used by a mom who pumped exclusively?  How long was it used – a few months or a few years?  The less the pump was used, the less wear on the motor and the longer it will last for you.  Also find out if the mom purchased the pump used.  This will also give you an idea about the wear on the motor.


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