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December 1st, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Hi, this is my first post on this board. I am expecting my second child in April. I did not bf my first but wanted to give it a shot this time around. I will be going back to work and eventually school so I will be mainly pumping.

Anyway someone is offering me a medela dual electric breast pump that was hardly used. I know that certain parts would need to be replaced like tubing due to milk contamination. Is there anything else that should be replaced? She also said the hospital would give me the parts I need and that insurance would cover most of it, is this true? I've heard you can rent pumps from the hospital, but not the parts.

Thanks for any help you can give, I'm sure I'll have a million other questions about this, but this is my main concern right now.
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December 1st, 2011, 12:54 PM
joellejello's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I also had a used Medela, a friend who barely used hers gave it to me. I ordered new tubing from Amazon (about $12 I think), and an accessory kit from Target (about $25) that had 2 shields, 4 bottles, and 2 steam bags. That's all I needed to get started. I added a couple more accessory kits later on so I dind't have to wash as frequently, but they weren't neccessary.
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December 1st, 2011, 01:05 PM
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Thanks for the info!
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December 1st, 2011, 05:54 PM
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I'm pretty sure you can find kits with the tubing, membranes, and valves. I would replace those as well. I know you could find them on amazon or at babies r us.
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December 1st, 2011, 08:15 PM
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tubing, connector thingys, shields, valves, membranes. All that is probably in an accessory kit kind of thing.

My hospital had Ameda pumps and gave me accessories for that brand pump (I pumped a bit in the hospital to draw out my flat nipples), so they didn't work with my Medela pump. I also contacted my insurance company to see if they covered breast pumps, and they didn't. So you should probably call your hospital and insurance to see what is available for you.

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December 2nd, 2011, 04:29 AM
Rae-of-Sunshine's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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ditto ... and my insurance (which is normally great or everything else) didn't cover it either, so I woud count on it.
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December 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Thanks, I found the kits I need online.
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December 12th, 2011, 04:08 PM
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call your ins and ask them if they will cover it.
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