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    Default Cleaning a PIS

    How do you clean this dang clunky thing? I bought a Pump In Style Original over the shoulder bag used on eBay-I know, hygiene issues ect but I am using my own breastshields bottles ect (which were purchased new) & brand new + steam sterilised tubing so I don't really see the problem. Anyway, the dang bag stinks of cigarette smoke and I HATE that stench!! Is there some way to remove the motor and wash it without like, breaking the thing? How do you clean yours if you own one?
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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    I have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced backpack, and my motor is only velcroed into the bag. I can remove it from the backpack completely.

    Make sure that you check underneath the faceplate, assuming that yours looks at all like mine. Medela told me that the soft thing that moves in and out cannot be sterilized. It is possible for milk to get into that area, and you won't be able to really clean it.

    As for the bag itself, I guess you could try to put it into the washing machine on delicate, as long as the motor does come out completely?

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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    you can take the motor out of the bag usually. I have mine out. You could try washing the bag, but smoke smell is hard to remove.

    And Medelas are not a closed system. So there is the possibility of milk backing up down the tubing into the motor. I've had it happen to me when my bottles get too full or if it wasn't draining into the bottles properly. That's why they say they are single user pumps. Once it gets in there, there is no way to clean it out. I believe molds can grow as well, but I don't know how to check without completely dismantling the pump.
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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jezebel View Post

    And Medelas are not a closed system. So there is the possibility of milk backing up down the tubing into the motor. I've had it happen to me when my bottles get too full or if it wasn't draining into the bottles properly. That's why they say they are single user pumps. Once it gets in there, there is no way to clean it out. I believe molds can grow as well, but I don't know how to check without completely dismantling the pump.
    You can't check for mold unless you take the pump apart. I had an IBCLC tell me about how she did that a few times ..... apparently. And the pumps looked perfect on the outside.

    Also, even a professional grade pump is only meant for about 1 year of regular use, and then they start losing suction.
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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    You can't check for mold unless you take the pump apart. I had an IBCLC tell me about how she did that a few times ..... apparently. And the pumps looked perfect on the outside.

    Also, even a professional grade pump is only meant for about 1 year of regular use, and then they start losing suction.
    July 30, 2010-6lbs 2oz- 41w 4d (emergency c-section.) Known dairy, eggs, dogs and cats allergies, eczema, and asthma
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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    You can't check for mold unless you take the pump apart. I had an IBCLC tell me about how she did that a few times ..... apparently. And the pumps looked perfect on the outside.

    Also, even a professional grade pump is only meant for about 1 year of regular use, and then they start losing suction.
    that makes me feel awful...heck.. I've already used it plenty so that damage is done now anyway (don't seem to be having any probs. though thankfully)
    do you know how to take them apart by any chance though? It would be good to check if it needs cleaning or anything else tuning up ect.

    I can't afford a new pump unfortunately...I mean literally do not have the money in the bank...I hate it...
    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    Apparently once they have mold, you can't clean them adequately and completely, and the mold gets in the milk, and you can't see it

    That's my biggest beef with Medela...when they could make pumps that are closed systems, they don't, so pumps can't really be used second-hand and end up in the landfill.

    Could also damage your supply long-term to use a pump with less-than-optimal suction, especially once LO decreases nursing naturally sometime in the second half of the first year or thereabouts.

    Will your insurance cover a pump? Some will, some won't but all you can do is ask.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    I always make sure to hand express a little bit first so my milk doesnt overflow into the tubes ect so hopefully any germs that could get back down wouldn't travel through that way...plus I can't imagine it's too bad of a risk seeing as how fresh breastmilk is antiseptic. I am not keen on it but I really don't have any other option at the moment...as it was I was using 2 swing pumps (1 on each boob) that I had bought second hand bc that was all I could afford...cheap I know but we don't have any means of obtaining income atm...
    Unfortunately I don't have medical insurance; socialist medical care and all that...you only get the very basics covered for free and the rest you pay for. You can get private medical insurance (so I hear) but its said to be ridiculously expensive and only the upper class, if you will, has it.
    Proud wife to Paul , dedicated SAHM to our O.O. born 00:00:00 on 08 Nov 2010,

    Look for us in the upcoming September 2011 issue of LLLGB's magazine, "BREASTFEEDING MATTERS" as well as LLL's upcoming booklet on relactation!
    & A proud daughter to a LLLL may she RIP.
    Relactated from scratch after a complicated birth(BAD hospital)...
    Now relatched and & ing after 5 months of 100% EBM feeding
    Planning permanent lactation.
    A millionaires baby fed with commercial baby milk has a poorer diet than the poorest family's baby who is breastfed.-WHO, 1997
    My story-for those looking to relactate, relatch, or boost their milk supply

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    Default Re: Cleaning a PIS

    The mold spores apparently go through the air as it travels through the pump and lands in the milk, no matter what you do.

    Good luck with it.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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