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    Question Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    How do all of you clean/sterilize your pump parts and the bottles you use? I am a huge germaphobe and feel like nothing is ever clean enough. I'm afraid of doing something wrong and making my LO sick. I don't pump a whole lot right now (SAHM and feeding on demand) but when I do pump, I wind up rinsing the horn pieces and using the steam microwave bags. I was also continuously steaming the tubes and have stopped doing that. I take the face plate off of my pump (I have a PISA) and cleaning behind that. As for bottles, I have only used them once since LO is only 3 weeks and it was only for one day. I washed then microwave sterilized them, but I am not sure what the daily maintenance should be. I am sure I will have tons of follow up questions to your responses as this is my new neurosis TIA

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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

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    When I was pumping several times per day my wash routine was to wash the pump parts and bottles in warm soapy water nightly and to use the sterlization bags at the end of the week.

    In my opinion soap and hot water will get the parts clean enough on a daily basis and using the steam bags once a week is good. I also change my membranes and valves every few weeks and did a PISA cleaning every few months.

    Trust me once your child becomes mobile you won't have time to be tat obsessive about cleaning!

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    Wow. I haven't ever cleaned the pump itself in a year of pumping. I didn't know it was neccessary

    What I do is rinse the horns in hot water after I pump every time and then once a day use the sterilizer bags. My friend gave me the Avent steam sterilizer when she finished pumping and it's pretty great - no more bags to keep track of how many time you have used them.

    If I were you, I would probably just wash out the bottle before you use it if it's been a long time since you've sterilized it.

    I've only sterilized the tubing once and water got in there that never came out and it just seemed like a hassle. I have never done it since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    and
    When I was pumping several times per day my wash routine was to wash the pump parts and bottles in warm soapy water nightly and to use the sterlization bags at the end of the week.

    In my opinion soap and hot water will get the parts clean enough on a daily basis and using the steam bags once a week is good. I also change my membranes and valves every few weeks and did a PISA cleaning every few months.

    Trust me once your child becomes mobile you won't have time to be tat obsessive about cleaning!
    Thanks for the warm welcome. I have been lurking for about a week but the ladies are so supportive here I had to jump in with some of my questions. Do you would buy new membranes and valves every few weeks?

    I have heard that as time goes on I won't be as obsessed with the cleaning. I am definitely looking forward to that

    Another quick question- when you freeze your milk, do you refrigerate it first and then move it to the freezer? Or pop it into the freezer right away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    Wow. I haven't ever cleaned the pump itself in a year of pumping. I didn't know it was neccessary

    What I do is rinse the horns in hot water after I pump every time and then once a day use the sterilizer bags. My friend gave me the Avent steam sterilizer when she finished pumping and it's pretty great - no more bags to keep track of how many time you have used them.

    If I were you, I would probably just wash out the bottle before you use it if it's been a long time since you've sterilized it.

    I've only sterilized the tubing once and water got in there that never came out and it just seemed like a hassle. I have never done it since.

    Thanks for your input. The Avent sterilizer is for pump pieces? If so, does it work with Medela pumps? The only reason I thought of cleaning the pump itself is because I noticed I get condensation behind the diaphragm cap.

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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*novmommy View Post
    Thanks for the warm welcome. I have been lurking for about a week but the ladies are so supportive here I had to jump in with some of my questions. Do you would buy new membranes and valves every few weeks?

    I have heard that as time goes on I won't be as obsessed with the cleaning. I am definitely looking forward to that

    Another quick question- when you freeze your milk, do you refrigerate it first and then move it to the freezer? Or pop it into the freezer right away?
    I dont think you need to replace the valves and membranes that often. I was pumping 3-4x per day and relied on the output.

    When freezing, do it in amounts of like 3-4 oz and cool it in the fridge for a short time before freezing.

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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    I only sterilized my stuff before the first use Other than that, I just washed in hot soapy water every day. I never replaced my membranes after a year of pumping - although I did use 2 sets of parts for some time before that got old and I just started using the same set each time. Just check them for wear periodically. I never washed the tubing either PITA and no milk ever got in there.
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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    I rinse everything with hot water and store bottles/shields in the fridge during the day. I use hot, soapy water in the evenings. I also boil everything on the stove once a week.

    You should be fine doing what you are.

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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    When I was pumping 3-4x per day (and what I will do when I go back to work in January) is rinse the horns/valves, etc. with hot water each time after I pump. Then each evening I would wash everything (pump parts and bottles) in hot soapy water and allow it all to air dry overnight, and re-assemble in the morning to get it ready for the day.
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    Default Re: Pump/Bottle cleaning question

    I pumped for a year with both my LOs and I prob sterilized a handful of times...only time I def did it is when I opened them new from the package....warm soapy water is all that is really necessary...I would also throw them in about once a week in my dishwasher!

    I replaced the white valves prob twice in the year I used them...never any problems

    I usually pumped, then put in fridge and swapped out the old with the new...froze the older milk in the fridge and kept the newly pumped milk in the fridge
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