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    Default milk in tubing and motor

    Hello!

    I have a Medela Swing pump that I use when I am at work (1-2 days/week). It's about 6 months old and I only really started using it about 3 months ago.

    Anyway, last week when I was using it, I noticed a little condensation in the tubing. I followed the directions in the manual for this.

    Then, this week (today) the flange seemed to get backed up with milk and the tubing got a lot of milk in it and the milk got into the motor. Again, I followed the directions to clean it up.

    What I am wondering is: what is causing the milk to get backed up and/or into the tubing and motor? I can't figure it out.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: milk in tubing and motor

    how full are the bottles?
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
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    Default Re: milk in tubing and motor

    also are you leaning at all? I think I had this happen early on when I wasn't paying attention and tilted some milk into the tubing (using a PIS)
    Autumn
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    Default Re: milk in tubing and motor

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    how full are the bottles?
    with the condensation, it's only been about 1/3rd full, at most, when it starts. today (when milk flowed back into the motor), i was actually using a bag because i forgot the bottle part at home. it wasn't full either.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lidarln View Post
    also are you leaning at all? I think I had this happen early on when I wasn't paying attention and tilted some milk into the tubing (using a PIS)
    i could be leaning. i do notice that it doesn't flow well into the bottle when i am pumping on the left side (which is the side i was on when it backed up today), so maybe i'm not holding it correctly. i'll try to be mindful of this next time (once the thing dries out!).

    i hate pumping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*evolvingmama View Post

    i hate pumping.
    lol. Me!! Too!!!!

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    I experienced milk in the tubes with the medelas I used (lactina & symphony), I thought it might be due to my OALD or leaning forward? I never pin pointed the cause but the milk in the tubes seemed to dry up ok over time.

    I hate pumping too!
    Punk-rock luvin mate to DH and mama to DD1 (born '03) , DD2 (born '08) and nursling DS (born '11) who survived infant botulism.

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    Are you talKing about condensation or actual liquid? Regardless I'd call Medela they have great customer support.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: milk in tubing and motor

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jenna562 View Post
    Are you talKing about condensation or actual liquid? Regardless I'd call Medela they have great customer support.
    I'm experiencing both condensation (more common) and actual liquid. That's a good suggestion to call Medela.

    Thanks for all the other responses. I love breastfeeding and am in no hurry to finish (hoping to carry on for a long time still), but will not be sorry when the pumping is done!

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