I read that it isn't safe because they can harbor germs and bacteria, and that it is illegal to sell them, but the hospital rental I have broke. I have my SIL's 8 year old Pump in Style that she barely used and I am using it to get the milk out (son never learned to latch, and won't, so don't tell me to breastfeed him), but do you think it is safe to give to my son?
Looking at the pump, I don't get why it is any more dangerous than a hospital one. Also, my SIL is a clean upstanding woman so I doubt there are any viruses/bacteria on the thing that could harm a baby (ya never know) but after 8 years wouldn't any diseases be long dead on it?
I hate to throw out the milk and give him formula until I can get back to the hospital to exchange pumps.
Asked by Anonymous at 5:44 AM on Jan. 6, 2011 in General Parenting
Answer by JOR_HAIL at 5:58 AM on Jan. 6, 2011
If she hasn't used it in 8 years I'm not so sure the bacteria is still alive. If it were me, I'd wash it with hot, soapy water and hope for the best. Really though, you should look into buying new silicone/plastic parts and keeping the motor (main part of the system).
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