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WIC is being stupid. I'm thinking about buying a second hand electric pump, but I don't know what I'm looking for or how I would have to clean it once I got it. Did anyone buy a pump second hand here? Any resources anyone has on doing this?

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isn't wic supposed to give you a free one if you're on it? i got a double electric pump. a medelo at that. i just sign a sheet. as for a second hand one. i had a hand pump that a close friend gave me. she only used it once or twice. but i boiled it in water to clean it. i dunno if you're supposed to do that or not but i did because she was a close friend and i knew she didn't have anything nasty.

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I've seen second hand pumps at second-hand children's clothing shops. I also was given one from adcaela's mom - I'll check if I still have it, and if I do it's yours!

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Honestly, though, hand expressing worked better than any pump I ever used.

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omg really? thats why i stopped breast feeding my 1st son. i didn't have a pump bc i didn't have a place to store the expressed milk at school. i was in marching band and when we would go on over nite trips while all my friends were at the pool i was in the shower crying bc it hurt so bad to do it myself! i wish it hadn't tho bc i wouldve bf longer

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i had two second hand pumps and you just have to wash the parts that detach you can sterilize them by boiling them or dishwasher or whatever too.

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Do you mind if I ask why WIC won't give you one?

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Elyse wrote:
Do you mind if I ask why WIC won't give you one?

It's not that they wouldn't theoretically give me a pump. It's the horribly long waiting list. There isn't even an open spot on WIC for a breastfeeding mother for a couple months. The woman I spoke to said that there was a waiting list for a breast pump and that since my kid would be starting solids around when I went back to school, I wouldn't be a priority to get a pump. Not that I'm not applying anyway, but I want to start pursuing other options.

By the way, thanks Hilary! I've tried hand expression, but it hasn't worked well for me.

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I can see if my sister is done with my pump..

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Thanks Charlie!

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i liked hand expressing but when we got the pump i just diamantled it and boiled the parts. good luck!!!

stupid wic!

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i didnt buy one, but i did sell mine to a resale store.

there are ways you can sterilize them. you can dishwash the pieces, and ameda makes microwave sterilization bags.

i am sure it is safe. and you can probably get a much better price on a used one.

i would suggest kicking wic's butt about a new one first though. it took my friend a long time to get one from wic for free, but she finally got it and loved it.

you can also express by hand if all else fails