How to Check the Hours Used on a Spectra Breast Pump
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If you’re going to buy a used breast pump, one thing to keep in mind is how many hours that pump has been used. For most pumps, you’ll just have to take the seller’s (or friend’s, or family member’s) word for it. But, there is one pump that will calculate hours used for you. That is the Spectra!
To check the hours used on a Spectra involves a crazy little crisscross button sequence. Click the buttons in this order:
- Power On
- Cycle +
- Vacuum –
- Cycle –
- Vacuum +
You can also find the info on this graphic:
A Spectra breast pump’s motor life is 200 hours. So, if you’re in the market for a used Spectra, keep that in mind!
Other Things to Keep in Mind with Used Breast Pumps
Our new YouTube video covers used breast pumps in-depth. You can check that out, here.
But, here is a quick list of things to watch out for when using a used breast pump:
- Sanitation– the FDA warns that used breast pumps can trap bacteria and potentially cause illness to you or your baby
- Voided Warranty– Breast pumps are only under warranty for one user. So, if something malfunctions with the motor of your used pump, you’re out of luck. The pump is no longer under warranty.
- Risk of the Unknown– You don’t know what condition this used breast pump is in. If your milk supply is not what you expected it to be you’ll always wonder if it’s actually the pump’s fault. When your pump is malfunctioning, you won’t know if it was heavily used or if it wasn’t used appropriately by the previous person, etc.
For the blog post version of this video click this link here. As with most things, using a used breast pump isn’t a black and white decision. We hope this post was helpful to you in your decision!