Re: cleaning pump at work
Many mothers run into this problem. Some rinse their pump parts in hot water, or hot water with soap, in between pumpings at work. Just about everyone I know brings them home every night to run things through the dishwasher.
Some mothers even keep their pump parts in the fridge/cooler while they are at work, since they aren't getting them perfectly clean in between pumping sessions. They feel that by keeping them in the fridge, they are reducing even further the risk of bacteria and viruses growing on their parts. However, these moms usually run their pump parts under hot water for a minute or two to warm them up before use. It's no fun pumping with cold parts!!
Of course, in a perfect world, we'd all have time to completely wash the pump parts in between each use. It's what the manufacturers recommend.
Another option is to purchase extra parts, and use a clean set each time you pump. Then, it's not an option. Cost is an issue with this, though. There are many ways to get extra parts for your pump - many LC's carry them, some hospital breastfeeding clinics, or you can look on the manufacturer's website to find a dealer in your area.
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