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August 30th, 2012, 01:09 PM
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I just bought my BFF her "big ticket" item from me, a Medela Freestyle Advanced pump, and I thought I'd pass along the website because I was really pleased with the price, service, etc.

I bought it at: Medela Breast Pumps, Ameda Breast Pumps, Breastfeeding Supplies, Breastfeeding, Baby Monitors, Baby Health,, and it was $295 - with free shipping and sales tax included. In addition, they are an authorized Medela dealer, so if you have any warranty or other issues - it's completely covered. This was the best (yet safest) deal that I could find online, but if you can find a better deal (inclusive of tax and shipping), they will pricematch!

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August 30th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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What are your thoughts and feeling on using a used pump? An aide at work is giving me hers but I'm not sure. Does it lose it's milk sucking ability? I don't want to pump for hours but if I can save $300 I'd be happy.
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August 30th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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I would only go used if it is a closed system. Here is a list at the bottom:
Breast Pump Specs | Breast Pump Comparisons

Babies r us has all the medela pumps on sale right now.
The advanced with the tote is only 239, free ship.
The advanced with backpack is 269 and the metro bag fancy one is 329.

The freestyle was on sale to but I can't remember how much as it was more in store than the website shows.
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August 30th, 2012, 08:41 PM
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I bought a pump(already said this before)...it's a Medela Lactina Select Plus used for $250 from Craigslist. It's a closed system rental grade and I will be able to resell.

I really don't think it's that big of a deal to use someone else's pump but it not recommended. I think if you have new tubing/parts(yes, I know it can get into machine) and the pump is not that old, I'd go for it. Otherwise, I'd definately get a used rental grade(obviously) because you can recover the majority, if not all, of the cost when done using it. I will get my parts from the hospital when I deliver(I'll tell them I need to pump...dang kit is expensive and my insurance owes me BIGTIME!).
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August 31st, 2012, 05:55 AM
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Thanks for the reminder that I still need to see if my insurance will cover a pump, otherwise I need to figure out which one to get. I can't decide if it's worth it for me, since I'll be at home and won't need anything too fancy, to go all out with this purchase or just get a basic. Hmm, decisions decisions.
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August 31st, 2012, 06:08 AM
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I never liked the idea of a used pump... to me, it is a more invasive/personal product than say a bra, and I would NEVER buy a second hand bra. BUT if it were from a close friend, I totally would! So it's your choice.

I really can't stress the importance of a good pump enough though. It is a life saver, and well worth the money.
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August 31st, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Kelly, the general rule of thumb is that a used (closed system - and most are) pump is fine -as long as it's not older than 3 years. Anything older than 3 years does in fact lose its sucking ability.

For what it's worth, DH & I calculated that we made the $300 spent on our top-of-the line Medela Freestyle back in 3 months of exclusive breastfeeding when one considers what we would have spent in formula. So...the 12 other months were pure "profit"! (In other words...money well spent.)

And that doesn't even count the fact that I will AGAIN be using it for this little gumdrop. Talk about the gift to myself that keeps on giving! (Of course ask me again how "gifted" I feel about 6 months in to pumping...grrr...)

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Thanks for the reminder that I still need to see if my insurance will cover a pump, otherwise I need to figure out which one to get. I can't decide if it's worth it for me, since I'll be at home and won't need anything too fancy, to go all out with this purchase or just get a basic. Hmm, decisions decisions.
Even though you're going to be a SAHM, I would still recommend a double electric for you, Cassie, if you can swing it. It's such a time saver - and really CAN make the difference between a person who breastfeeds for 12+ months and a person who gives it up at 3. You don't need the Freestyle or anything - but there are some really great deals out there for double electrics right now. It's worth considering.
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August 31st, 2012, 07:46 PM
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Medela PISA's are $270 at Target, I believe?

And about the used pump, unless you know the person really well, it isn't advised to go used. Certain diseases can be transmitted via breast pumps. Most pumps are NOT closed system, the only ones that are are the hospital grade pumps that cost hundreds (thousands?) of dollars.

Best bet is to go new, IMO.

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I bought a pump(already said this before)...it's a Medela Lactina Select Plus used for $250 from Craigslist. It's a closed system rental grade and I will be able to resell.

I really don't think it's that big of a deal to use someone else's pump but it not recommended. I think if you have new tubing/parts(yes, I know it can get into machine) and the pump is not that old, I'd go for it. Otherwise, I'd definately get a used rental grade(obviously) because you can recover the majority, if not all, of the cost when done using it. I will get my parts from the hospital when I deliver(I'll tell them I need to pump...dang kit is expensive and my insurance owes me BIGTIME!).
You should be fine, Lactina's are close system pumps. Great find!
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September 1st, 2012, 04:14 AM
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Yeah mine is a rental pump so it's definately cool to use. You are right that most are not closed system but the Ameda/Evenflo Purely Yours is closed and it's a cheaper(not cheap but not rental-grade expensive). There are lists that say which are and which aren't closed, Kelly.
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September 1st, 2012, 06:41 AM
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This is great information. I'm curious as to wheer anyone looked into getting aafter the new health reform rules kick in? Haven't found specifics yet but it looks like it covers getting one. I'm not sure if my insurance will cover this since it is grandfathered in though.

One other question is how can I bookmark this thread so I can come back to it later? So far, I've been going with the "That is a really great thread. I will have to remember where that is. is." Obviously that isn't going to work very well for me. LOL.
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September 1st, 2012, 10:12 PM
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Just click on your favorites while on this page and add it there.
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