Did you know most breast pumps are intended to be for a single user. That means one user, one breastfeeding relationship.

What the FDA Says

Breast pumps are single user devices because they are a medical device and are regulated by the FDA. The FDA website states, “With the exception of multiple user pumps, the FDA considers breast pumps to be single-user devices. That means that a breast pump should only be used by one woman because there is no way to guarantee the pump can be cleaned and disinfected between uses by different women.”

Not only is there no guarantee it’s clean and hygienic, there’s no guarantee it will work just as well as a brand new pump. Most pumps on the market have a 1-2 year warranty which is non-transferable. The FDA website says, “Buying a used breast pump or sharing a breast pump may be a violation of the manufacturer’s warranty and you may not be able to get help from the manufacturer if you have a problem with the pump.” Electronics components, plastics, etc can all degrade over time especially if not stored in a temperature controlled environment. Even though you pull out your pump from storage, and it looks great, and works, it probably isn’t going to work as well as a brand new pump. This can be an issue if you end up exclusively pumping, or needing to pump more often than you originally planned.

What Pump Manufacturers Say

Spectra: Your Spectra S1/S2 Plus and 9 Plus pumps are single-user pumps. As a result, only the original user is covered under the warranty. The warranty is non-transferable.

Motif: We warranty our pumps for just one user. The Luna is a closed system pump.

Elvie Stride: Elvie Stride is a closed system. Elvie Stride is designed to only be used by one person.

Your Best Bet

It is best to get a brand new pump with each breastfeeding relationship/pregnancy. If your insurance doesn’t cover a breast pump getting a used (closed system) pump is OK as closed system pumps do lessen the chance of contamination. If you’re pulling your pump out of your closet to use after another pregnancy, or getting a used pump, you should replace the valves, and the tubing. Using a brand new pump kit is ideal.

If you’re at least 27 weeks pregnant (or have adopted/given birth) and have Tricare, we can help you get a new breast pump through your insurance. We offer this service at no charge for all qualifying Tricare beneficiaries.

The process is super simple: Obtain a prescription (we can help with this, if needed), and schedule your free consultation with us. We’ll walk you through the process, help you pick your pump, and process your order. Your Tricare covered supplies will even ship directly to you! No need to drive to post to pick them up. We’ll even be available to help troubleshoot and feeding issues you may encounter. Ready to book your consultation? You can do it here.

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