Just bought a gently used Medela PISA on ebay...

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Alissa_Sal's picture
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Just bought a gently used Medela PISA on ebay...

I got it for $105 (including shipping.) I know you're not supposed to reuse breast pumps because of possible germs, but I know where to get new bottles, suction cups, and tubing (we have a bf'ing store right across the street from my work) that stocks all of that stuff...I was really just interested in getting the motor piece of it since mine crapped out. I have read that as long as you get your own tubes and bottles and suction cups you should be fine, which is how hospitals are able to rent them out.

I hope this one is in as good of condition as the lady said (it looks to be practically new in the pictures, and that's what she said as well, that it was barely used.) I have only ever bought one other thing on eBay before, so I'm a little dubious, but it was such a good deal....

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I think that's a great move! I LOVE my PISA. IMO, nothing, non-hospital grade, beats it. The scare about getting them used is total BS, the pump itself never touches a drop of milk.

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Congrats, I hope it works well for you.

...is that the first thing you've bought for baby?

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"babywings1" wrote:

Congrats, I hope it works well for you.

...is that the first thing you've bought for baby?

Yep. Smile

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At 20 weeks I started shopping too! I can't wait!

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Yay for good deals! I'm lucking up myself, my sister is done having babies so she said I could just have hers. Woohoo for good deals!

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Wow! Thats a great deal! I had a Phillips pump that I hated! Im hoping to get a Medela this time around!

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I already have a pis from when i had Austin and that was rarely used because he wouldn't take ebm from a bottle so i just basically nursed him.

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Awesome! Great deal!

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Sounds like a great deal! I would be totally fine with using the pump motor with my own tubes, etc. as those are the only parts that actually touch the milk. I have a Medela from when I had my dd and loved it-hoping to get more use out of it with this one, but I think I read some comments that the motor burns out after around a year if you use it daily several times, which I was since I was working. We'll see how long it lasts me this time around Smile

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Great find! I just found out my insurance company will cover the cost of an Ameda brand pump.

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"Cherrychip" wrote:

Sounds like a great deal! I would be totally fine with using the pump motor with my own tubes, etc. as those are the only parts that actually touch the milk. I have a Medela from when I had my dd and loved it-hoping to get more use out of it with this one, but I think I read some comments that the motor burns out after around a year if you use it daily several times, which I was since I was working. We'll see how long it lasts me this time around Smile

Yes, I'm terrified of this. I exclusively pumped for 10 months with DS and I'm returning to work full time with this one and let me tell you, having a pump break on you is a NIGHTMARE. Not one of those things you can wait on. Had to run out to Target to buy my PISA immediately!!

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Yep. I pumped 3x a day while I was at work for about a year, and it crapped out on me in the end. Here's hoping that this one is as gently used as the lady said. Lol

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I bought one at our Goodwill the other day, still in the box looks brand spanking new for 8.00!!! The receipt was in the box for 269.00!!! Brought it home plugged it in and it works great Smile I rented one w/ dd#1 and I agree if hospitals can rent them and as long as you have your own tubing its absolutely fine to buy used. I hope you're happy w/ yours too Smile

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"2confused" wrote:

I bought one at our Goodwill the other day, still in the box looks brand spanking new for 8.00!!! The receipt was in the box for 269.00!!! Brought it home plugged it in and it works great Smile I rented one w/ dd#1 and I agree if hospitals can rent them and as long as you have your own tubing its absolutely fine to buy used. I hope you're happy w/ yours too Smile

Oh my gosh, what an amazing find!!!! That is AWESOME!!!!

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Just an FYI, I don't believe hospitals rent out the PISA version due to the potential contamination risk. The one I rented was a Medela Lactina which has a completely closed system.

And I agree, being without your pump when you need it is aweful! We had planned to buy a pump before I started back to work. Sam was tongue tied at birth and we were discharged on a Friday before labor day weekend. I had to scramble to get a rental from my local public health as I ordered mine online. Without a pump those first few days we would have never succeeded in our nursing.

This time I am buying mine sooner!!

The pump I had last time was the Avent Isis duo, LOVED it.

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Cristan is correct, the hospital grade pumps you rent have a different set up and the air flow in the tubes never comes in contact with the pump / mechanical portion where with the PIS the air flow does go through the pump and is not a separate thing. That being said, if you replace all the parts outside of the pump itself, including the tubes, I wouldn't be worried about it. Sounds like you got a good deal to me. Woot!! Smile