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If it were someone I knew very well - then yes. I have a Medela Freestyle and although they say that you can't use it with multiple people - all parts are replaceable.
You can get new tubes and all new pump parts and all new tubing (Let's say for less than $50). So you are just buying the physical machine.. nothing else.
I would be worried about buying a pump that has been really used and may not work so well by the time I'm ready to use it. For example although my pump is in great condition I would not buy it from myself since I EPed for almot 8 months now. This pump is REALLY used.
It doesn't matter how little it's been used, if it's an open system (which the PISA is and most others are) it's a huge health risk to your baby.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/breastfeed_pump.html# (page 2)
Please ladies...do not use a previously used pump unless you are sure of the persons medical history (sister, close close friend).
I would probably buy a used breastpump. I might change my mind if I were in the situation, but logically there is little reason to do so.
There are certainly certain communicable diseases that could theoretically be passed thru breastmilk. However, most breastpumps are virtually closed systems--they are not 100% so they cannot sell them as multi-user machines.
there is little chance of milk getting into places that are not changeable or cleanable or disinfectable.
any milk that can get into places that is not cleanable or disinfectable, is unlikely to be able to get OUT of that location--so it dries up there. Most bacteria and viruses, even HIV can only live for a certain amount of time on surfaces, and certainly not if all the fluids are dried up.
conversely if the milk enters a fairly closed system (that can't be opened up and disinfected) and doesn't dry up, it will mold in there, and that would be a BAD thing as well, so pumps are designed to limit any retaining of fluids within the pump in any way.
so the risks would not be completely non-existant, but most likely low enough to warrant buying a used pump if it's a good enough deal.
My old pump you could suck up boiling hot water if you wanted to. then change any membranes/ tubing and you'd be good to go with a perfectly clean pump. :)
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