You can. There are professional closed cycle breast pumps (at least at the hospital) that you purchase a new "kit" of all the tubing and fittings that come into contact with the milk for under $100 if memory serves me correctly. You can also get them on Ebay (ours was $550, new they were around $900), and at least the one we purchased (Medela maybe, it's been 9 years) you are guaranteed a rebuild by the manufacturer. When we purchased ours the rebuild was for $125, no matter what was wrong. We didn't need it, but it was a REALLY nice insurance policy as we were planning to resell it afterwards.
If you purchase a used professional/hospital model you MUST call the manufacturer and check the serial number. Many are not "returned" to the hospital and sold on Ebay - the manufacturer keeps a record of those serial numbers, and they will not rebuild them. One Ebay seller I contacted said - "Oh, it looks like the serial numbers were removed - that's a problem?" One out of three I looked into conveniently had no serial numbers. Most of the ones that were sold for $80-$300 at that time were "open" pumps, which means you can get milk into the actual pump mechanism, which cannot be cleaned. I don't want something like that for even a year, though plenty of people purchase them.
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