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    Default pump cleaning frequency

    Do you clean your pump parts religiously after every pumping session? The taking-apart-and-cleaning routine is such a hassle to do multiple times in a day (even with the steam bags). I'm wondering if anyone has any tricks to make pumping a more efficient part of your day? I've thought about putting the whole apparatus in the fridge between sessions and just taking apart to clean once a day (with the logic that if you refrigerate breast milk it can last for several days, so one day shouldn't be enough for any germs to accumulate in the pump)... but maybe that's not a good idea for some reason I haven't thought of...

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    I just rinsed mine in warm water between sessions and then sterilized it at night.
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    When I first started pumping, I used to take the pump parts apart after each session and wash them in hot, soapy water... this took a lot of time, so instead what I do now is just rinse the pump parts (without disassembling them) in warm water, and allow them to air-dry. Then at the end of the day when I'm done pumping, I wash them in hot, soapy water and let them air dry, ready for the next day.

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    I pump 3 x a day at work without close access to soap and water. I use Medela Quick Clean Breastpump & Accessory Wipes after every pump session at work. A 24 pack costs about $8.99 p/pack at Target or Babies R Us.

    When I get home, I take apart the parts and wash with hot, soapy water.
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    I also rinse with warm water each time and set on the windowsill on a paper towel to air dry. If I'm washing bottles (hot, soapy water), I will also wash the pump parts (maybe 2x/day). I use the steam bag daily (requirement for donating extra milk - I only steamed them 1x/week previously). I also don't take the horn/funnel apart from the other contraption much which saves some time! Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*buff24 View Post
    When I first started pumping, I used to take the pump parts apart after each session and wash them in hot, soapy water... this took a lot of time, so instead what I do now is just rinse the pump parts (without disassembling them) in warm water, and allow them to air-dry. Then at the end of the day when I'm done pumping, I wash them in hot, soapy water and let them air dry, ready for the next day.

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    That's exactly what I did.

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    For the first several months I religiously took apart & washed all parts with hot soapy water. Then I started putting the pump parts in the refrigerator for a couple of months and then, the last month & a half I just left it in my bag and only washed after the last pump session or took it home and washed it. I figured if bm stays good at room temperature for 8 hours it would be just fine to be in my bag the 3.5 hours between pumps (I only pumped twice, once at 9:30 and at 1:00). I did refrigerate my milk. I didn't feel like my babies milk was compromised by leaving the pumps unwashed between the one session. HTH
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    jtandaj - I do the same as you and haven't had any problems in the 6 months+ of pumping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jtandaj View Post
    I just left it in my bag and only washed after the last pump session or took it home and washed it. I figured if bm stays good at room temperature for 8 hours it would be just fine to be in my bag the 3.5 hours between pumps
    this is what i do
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    Default Re: pump cleaning frequency

    I've left the parts together and put them in a freezer bag in the fridge. The chilled flanges feel good, especially if you are a little sore! If you throw the bottles on empty before you put them in the fridge they are all ready for you at the next pumping session and it makes pumping a little less daunting.

    Then I microsteam once per day.

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