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    Default Washing pump conectors and bottles???

    Hi Ladies,
    I work and have to pump 3 times, I have been rinsing the conectors and the bottles with water and waiting for the next time to pump and when I pump again there is still a little bit of water in the connectors and the bottles. I have been thinking that maybe this is not a good idea, and that it might affect my BM when I freeze them.

    Do you wash them every time you pump, how do you do it???

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I don't. I rinse out the connectors. Sometimes I rinse out the bottles, but I have enough bottles that I usually use different ones to pump in every time. I also only freeze the last day of the week's milk - I send fresh milk the next day, so she only gets frozen once a week.

    I usually rinse out the connectors and horns with hot water until the last pump of the day and then run them through a steam sterilizer in the microwave.
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I've been meaning to ask you guys about this as well.

    No matter what I do, I have the darndest time getting my bottles all the way clean. They always seem to have a filmy residue on them. It's almost like the fat from the milk or something?

    I use dish soap. Maybe there's a better brand I can use?
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
    3 kids in 38 mos

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    Do you mean when you wash them with hot water and soap, jeno?

    Have you tried rinsing them with cold water?
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    I've tried hot water and soap, cold water and soap. I've tried soaking them. We use Ajax soap, I think.
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
    3 kids in 38 mos

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I wash with hot and rinse with cold.
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I feel like I need a bottle brush. Which one did you get again?
    Little SW, Aug '09
    Miss MW, Jan '11
    Sir RW, Oct '12
    3 kids in 38 mos

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    oh. you're not using a bottle brush? oxo. it
    Tracie

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    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I saw that someone posted a while back about using a vinegar soak periodically to deal with the residue. Maybe that would help.

    Personally when I was EPing and needed to wash a lot of parts, I put them in the top rack of the dishwasher. I then rinsed with cold water afterwards.
    I breast milk fed my Blossom for fifteen months (after exclusively pumping for thirteen). My Bud (nineteen months) is still nursing directly (after a rough start that included a few months of pumping and supplementing with mommy's milk).

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    Default Re: Washing pump conectors and bottles??

    I find that also wiping them dry with a paper towel helps remove that filmy residue.
    ~ Megan

    Mommy to Alex (born 2/27/11) and Katie (born 3/31/14)

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