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My sister in law is going back to work recently after having her 2nd child. Her sil is done having children and gave her the Medela Pump in Style breast pump that she had for her last child. My sil was going to start using it when she went back to work next week. Is that safe to use someone elses pump? My sil has bought new tubing, breast shields and things like that so they are all new but I wasn't sure if it was hygenic to use the machine anyway or not.
i think technically you are not supposed to use someone elses pump in style because it is not a closed system....however...i got mine from a friend and then have loaned it to many friends and am now using it for engorgement. I don't have a problem with it and i have never had my milk back up into the tubing or system either. sometimes there will be condensation on the tubing but that looks like water drops...and i just let my pump run for a few minutes after i am done pumping and that will dry it up...
If she got new tubing and everything then no fluids are being shared. It's completely safe. There isn't a way for the milk to back up into the actual machine and that's what's being shared, not the tubing and "cups" (can't remember the right word for that right now, lol)
The Medela Pump In Style® Breast pump has an internal diaphragm that cannot be removed, replaced, or fully sterilized. Therefore, the risk of cross-contamination associated with re-using a previously owned pump such as the Pump In Style cannot be totally dismissed