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    Default Medela Membranes

    I can't find the book that came with my pump. Is there a certain amount of time you should use the membranes for before replacing them? I've been using the same membrane for 6 months of very occasional pumping. Is this alright? It still fits flat against the yellow thing and doesn't look worn....
    I'm Melissa, DD (01/12/2009) weaned at a little over 2 1/2 years

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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    i used mine for about a year with no probs!!
    -Katie

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    -Breastfed both of them for one whole year
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    -Breastfeeding again and hope to go the full year!

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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    I think I remember hearing that you're supposed to change them every 3 months. But if you're not pumping often than you may be fine.


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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    Well from weeks 6-12 I pumped once a day for a break at night. After that I only pumped if I was going to be away so maybe once a week, sometimes not even that. Now I pump twice a week. So it's not getting much use. I might put my extra one in before I go back to work in Sept and will be pumping much more!
    I'm Melissa, DD (01/12/2009) weaned at a little over 2 1/2 years

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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    In my experience, I used the membranes until they started showing signs of wear and/or the pump seemed to be losing suction. If you look very closely at the membranes, sometimes you will see tiny little tears or cracks in them, and that means it's time to replace.
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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*buff24 View Post
    In my experience, I used the membranes until they started showing signs of wear and/or the pump seemed to be losing suction.
    If your output goes down it's time until then...
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    Default Re: Medela Membranes

    It's not onlt the amount of times you pump but the wear and tear from washing. I replaced them every few weeks but if you are an occasional pumper I'd do 6-8 weeks; I mean why not they are hella cheap.

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