Medela Pump Question - page 2

My daughter has been given a Medela Pump-in-Style personal breast pump to use from a friend who is no longer breast feeding. She has bought new tubes, cones and bottles for it. Her baby is due Sept.... Read More

  1. by   Hardknox
    I agree with everything you've all said. I think the paranoia factor is kicking in, though. My daughter found this on our old nemesis breastfeeding.com and is having second thoughts re: used pumps.

    http://www.breastfeeding.com/workingmom/used_pumps.html
  2. by   Mimi2RN
    I am appalled at Medela. To me, that they are saying that there is a design flaw in their pumps, so that breast milk can get into internal parts.....I have never seen the Pump in Style, but I don't believe that. If this is a problem, then you should not buy a used one.......or a new one! If you are using brand new tubing, there should be no way your breast milk could become contaminated.

    It seems to me, that it is simply a marketing ploy. If breast milk could cause contamination of the internal parts of the machine, (and potentially infect a different user) then the same contamination could cause problems with the baby that has been fed the milk from it's own mom.

    The Breastfeeding site says something about breastmilk can carry viruses like CMV, and the dreaded HIV.....not forgetting HTLV-1....and doesn't mention how long they last when exposed to air, and out of mom's body. If a mom who is breasfeeding decides not to pump any more, she is not likely to go out and sell the pump that afternoon. Leaving the fresh breastmilk which has contaminated the internal parts of the pump (even though the milk doesn't go inside the machine-am I right?) sitting waiting to get the next poor baby.

    This is such baloney! As is the story that the FDA will come and get you if you sell the "single-use" pump. I think the FDA has better things to do with it's time!

    There are too many inconsistancies in the Breastfeeding.com article....Hardknox, I hope your daughter can see through some of the info on that site.
    Last edit by Mimi2RN on Aug 14, '03

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