Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Where to Buy a Used Breast Pump in Korea

Updated 8 May 2017

My post about breastfeeding month has many useful links to help with breastfeeding. Make sure you are storing your milk properly. Here's a quick guide. Below you can find information about what type of breast pump to buy and where to buy one.

How Many Hours it's been Used For
Many people make the mistake of asking how long a pump has been used for and will usually buy the pump that has been used for fewer months. The problem with this is that pumps aren't good for weeks, months, or years. Most breast pumps are good for about 400 hours.
  • If someone has a baby in the NICU and they need to pump 10 times a day for about 20 minutes each time. After one month of doing this, the pump would have clocked 100 hours. 
  • If someone else pumps twice a day at work for 10 minutes each time. After a solid year of doing this, they would only be at about 80 hours. Assume that they work 242 days in the year due to weekends, vacations, sick time, and personal leave.
The best thing to do is ask how often they pumped and for how long. This can allow you to calculate about how many hours the pump has been used for.

Closed vs. Open Breast Pumps
A closed breast pump keeps the milk from entering the tubing. The Pumping Mommy and Kelly Mom also have some great info about why you should buy a closed breast pump, especially if you're buying a used one. Closed pumps are WHO compliant. Open pumps are not.

If you buy a used open pump, please buy replacement tubing and accessories. The motor should be fine, you just have to be careful about the other parts, since it's difficult to properly clean them (especially the tubing).

Closed Breast Pumps
Here are some closed breast pumps. There are hospital-grade, double electric pumps, single electric pumps, and single manual pumps. Be sure to read the reviews to see which one would be best for you. I always read the negative reviews first.

Why to Buy Used Breast Pumps in Korea
Here are a few places you can might be able to find breast pumps. Check other buy and sell or flea market Facebook groups near you. Start looking early as they tend to sell quickly. 
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