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Increasing use of breast pumps sparks FDA to update information…
Preventing infection and cross contamination is main focus

As a new parent you may be overwhelmed with all the products available for your baby. How do you know which product is safe and effective? It is the job of FDA to determine the safety and effectiveness of medical products. In January 2013 the article titled “Breast Pumps: Don’t be Misled – Get the Facts” was published in FDA Consumer Health Information updates. (

The FDA’s concern is making sure you as the consumer understand how they classify breast pumps and what that means in regards to transmitting potentially infectious particles to you and your baby. The FDA classifies breast pumps as either single user or multiple user breast pumps. According to the FDA a pump labeled single user “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. Breast pumps that are reused by different mothers can carry infectious particles, which can make you or your baby sick.”  Michael Cummings M.D., an Obstertrician – Gynecologist with the FDA, states that “potentially infectious particles may survive in the breast pump and/or its accessories for a surprisingly long time and cause disease in the next baby.”  According to the FDA “only breast pumps that are designed for multiple users should be used by more than one person. A new kit (breast cup, tubing and filter) should be purchased by each new user for a multiple user pump.”

The FDA goes on to further state that the term “hospital grade pump” is not a term recognized by the FDA and there is no consistent definition for this term so individual companies could mean different things when they label their breast pumps as hospital grade. The burden is on the company to define the term “hospital grade”.

To Limerick the definition of hospital grade is an effective pump that is evidenced based and shown to establish a milk supply in the most challenged group of mothers, mothers of very low birth weight infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The pump is safe and has features that will virtually minimize the risk for nosocomial (hospital) infections, cross contamination and re-infection, is durable and meets electrical requirements established by hospitals.

You have Limerick’s assurance that PJ’s Comfort® is the most effective and safest breast pump on the market.   In fact, Limerick was the first pump company to introduce a filter on a breast pump. Limerick provides a 1 micron filter that has a study to validate it is a complete barrier preventing bacterias, viruses and fluids from entering the pump.  It is because of this filter that PJ’s Comfort is qualified by the FDA as multiple user breast pump.

PJ’s Comfort breast pump is the only research based 1 ½ lb multi – user, hospital grade breast pump on the market today that can go from hospital to home to work.

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