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    Question Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I was wondering if I could store my pump parts in the fridge inbetween pumps at work. I have a limited amount of time to pump and I always feel like I could get one more letdown in if I could pump just a few more minutes instead of cleaning all my pump stuff. I have been using the Medela Steam Clean bags- but you still have to rinse out all the parts and take it apart and then later put it back together...
    So can I just put them in the fridge in a ziplock bag and use them again later?
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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I leave the pump body attached to the bottles and put the whole thing in the fridge when I am pressed for time... sometimes I just wipe the off and put the back into my bag.... bm is good for a few hrs at room temp so I think it's ok
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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    That's what I did when I didn't have time. Milk is good in the fridge for about 8 hours!

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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by babygurl View Post
    I leave the pump body attached to the bottles and put the whole thing in the fridge when I am pressed for time...
    i do this everytime, i put everything into a Similac cooler bag they gave me at the hospital, all put together in the fridge until next time...
    Autumn
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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I am pressed for time as well, I have found info that bm stays good at room temp for up to 10 hours. I have about 5 hours between pumping sessions so I don't worry about rinsing or washing my pump parts. I will wipe them a little. Then when I get home will wash them really good for the next day. I have not had a problem w/ my milk since I have been doing this. I was pretty particular in the beginning with washing, before I knew that bm can stay good at room temp for a few hours.
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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I don't have an office- I drive to many different places a day- so I pump in the car and transfer the milk from the pump into bottles and place all of it into a cooler!

    i've been doing this for 8 months now and haven't had any problems!

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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I also put everything in a zip lock bag and put it in the frig between pumpings. Seems to work fine. Only problem I see is putting cold horns on the boobs....brr now thats cold!

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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyscootless View Post
    That's what I did when I didn't have time. Milk is good in the fridge for about 8 hours!
    Milk is good in the fridge for about 7-8 days! So your pump in the fridge is Ok for sure!

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    I do it too - so much easier!

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    Default Re: Pump Parts in Fridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kilamonster View Post
    I also put everything in a zip lock bag and put it in the frig between pumpings. Seems to work fine. Only problem I see is putting cold horns on the boobs....brr now thats cold!
    I store my parts in the fridge in the lactation room. Before I leave my office to pump, I microwave my "bust buddies" for 30 seconds. They are gel packs sized for your breast with a hole for your nipples. I put them in my bra and then walk to the lactation room. The 4 minute walk with the heating pads really helps my let down. Plus when I get to the lactation room, I put the horns on the heating pads while I get the rest of my stuff set up=1 or 2 minutes. That takes the chill off.

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